‘this river’ Now Streaming from the NFB

Filmmakers Erika MacPherson and Katherena Vermette.
Courtesy of the NFB

Now available for to watch at the NFB is the award-winning short doc this river. This film by Katherena Vermette and Erika MacPherson streams beginning today to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Synopsis: This river offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. Kyle Kematch and Katherena Vermette have both experienced this heartbreak. Kyle has a sister who went missing over five years ago. He now works with Drag the Red, a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the Indigenous community. Katherena is a poet and writer whose work stems from a family tragedy that happened over 20 years ago. Though their stories are different, they each exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience, and activism born out of the need to do something.

This River, Erika MacPherson & Katherena Vermette, National Film Board of Canada