Urban Eclipse

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Winnipeg Manitoba plays itself in this documentary, Urban Eclipse: Rising Tides of Kekekoziibii (Shoal Lake #40 First Nation). Deeply entrenched in the landscape are the growing pains from an aqueduct built in the early 1900's to feed its water supply. It's a history that speaks to a dirty truth: The major artery piping clean water to an urban centre has displaced and isolated an Anishinaabe community in Treaty 3 territory, robbing them of their own drinking water.

2019 marks the centennial of the aqueduct and the same year "Freedom Road" opens as a vein to the Trans-Canada Highway. The Shoal Lake #40 water issue continues to capture global attention, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even visited the community for a first-hand experience. The water that connects the Lake of the Woods watershed remains a powerful force and the memories and ongoing relationships continue to define the narratives of Kekekoziibii.

This documentary is unique because it reflects +100 archival images, drawing from the City of Winnipeg Archives - Greater Winnipeg Water District (GWWD) and Winnipeg in Focus, the Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives, Provincial Archives of Alberta, Library and Archives Canada, Manitoba Free Press, StrongFront.tv Vault, and the Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations.

StrongFront.tv is an Indigenous media production company committed to sharing the voices of First Nations and Metis people through the lens of resiliency and empowerment.

Produced by STRONGFRONT.tv
Directed by Jesse Green and Vanda Fleury-Green



** Accepted for distribution: Alexander Street Films' online platform, ProQuest (a global streaming giant that is a landmark resource for scholars and students). Courtesy of WPG Film Group, 2023.

** Winner: 2019 Manitoba Day Award for Film & Theatre - Association for Manitoba Archives, May 2019.

** Official Selection: TIFF Film Circuit - Gimli Film Festival, July 25 & 26, 2019.


Virtual film screening (Skype). Water is Life Film Program - 14th Annual LA Skins Fest. Los Angeles. November 21, 2020.

Film screening. NorWest Community Coop. Winnipeg MB. March 10, 2020.

Film screening. Prince Albert Public Library. Prince Albert, SK. November 7, 2019.

Film screening. Millennium Library - Carol Shields Auditorium. In partnership with the City of Winnipeg Archives. MB. November 3, 2019.

Film screening. Professional Development - Garden City Collegiate and West Kildonan Collegiate, Seven Oaks School Division. Winnipeg MB. October 11, 2019.

Film screening. Leadership Series - City of Winnipeg. Winnipeg MB. September 27, 2019.

Double film screening. Gimli Film Festival. Gimli MB. July 25 & 26, 2019.

Film screening. Professional Development - Garden City Collegiate, Seven Oaks School Division. Winnipeg MB. June 2, 2019.

Film screening. Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival. Winnipeg MB. March 30, 2019.

Film screening. Aboriginal Circle of Educators. Winnipeg MB. Feb 15, 2019.

Film screening. Riverbank Discovery Centre in partnership with the Assiniboine Food Forest. Brandon MB. January 19, 2019.

Film screening. Hosted by the MHC Gallery, Canadian Mennonite University - Laudamus Theatre. Winnipeg MB. November 2, 2018.

Premiere. Shoal Lake 40 Annual Fall Harvest - Ojibway Heritage School. Shoal Lake 40 ON. October 12, 2018.

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