Now Streaming: ‘Twilight Dancers’

By Pat Mullen

Fresh off its premiere at this year’s imagineNATIVE festival comes Twilight Dancers. This short doc is now available to stream over at CBC Short Docs. Twilight Dancers by Paolo Marino and Theola Ross observes a group of teenagers from Pimicikamak Cree Nation as they square dance to heal. The dance proves therapeutic and helps them grow stronger in the face of a suicide epidemic that saw 140 attempts and six lives lost in their small, remote community.

“Dancing is not an obvious solution to this type of crisis on reserve, particularly square dancing (which, as several of the kids point out, came from white people). But it clearly works,” writes Sean X reviewing Twilight Dancers at Cinema Axis. “These dancers are survivors, they are talented, the are dedicated, and they are spreading joy to their audience as they chase a championship. Their positivity through tragedy is inspiring.”

Watch Twilight Dancers below from CBC Short Docs.