Keepers of the Water

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:00
Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:45
Ayelen Liberona

Fort Chipewyan is downstream from the Alberta Tar Sands, the most environmentally toxic industrial project in the world. Members of this community are dying of rare forms of cancer. The fish and moose meat test positive for highly toxic levels of arsenic, and the water is not drinkable. On their own initiative, children came together to protest.

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Born in Toronto to Chilean political refugees, Ayelen’s obsession with the moving image led her to filmmaking, which she has been doing since 2005. Ayelene's work includes several short films including Falling, A Grain of Sand, and Becoming, which has garnered the CFC Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award (2009), and both the Miami International Short Film Festival and West Chester Film Festival’s Best Experimental Film Awards. Ayelen’s latest short documentary Keepers of the Water, was one of 5 films nominated for the Toronto International Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Award of 2010.