Tasha Hubbard’s nipawistamasowin nabs trio of prizes at RIDM

The writer/director/producer's documentary picked up the The Women Inmates' Award, among others.
nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard’s award-winning streak continues with her film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up picking up three prizes at the 22nd edition of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (also known as RIDM) this weekend.

Produced through her Downstream Documentary banner with the NFB in association with CBC Docs and APTN, her feature about 22-year-old Colten Boushie’s case walked away with the Magnus-Isacsson Award, the Students’ Award and the Women Inmates’ Award. In September, the Directors Guild of Canada awarded Hubbard the 2019 Discovery Award for the film, which opened this year’s Hot Docs International Film Festival. Additionally, the film won the Sun Jury Prize and the Audience Choice Award – Feature Film award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Meanwhile, the Montreal festival, which ran from Nov. 14 to 24, awarded Une femme, ma mère from writer, producer and director Demers the Grand Prize for Best National Feature prize at an ceremony held at Concordia University. The film focuses on the story of Demers’ biological mother, who abandoned him at birth.

Additionally, Denis Côté’s latest feature Wilcox, which made its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland this summer, earned the festival’s Special Jury Prize in the National Feature category. Written, directed and produced by Côté, follows an adventurer who quietly roams in search of something, traversing deserted roads and fields. Annie St-Pierre serves as a producer, while Aonan Yang and Andreas Mendritzki are coproducers on the project.

And the People’s Choice Award was presented to writer/director Will Prosper for Kenbe la – Until We Win, a documentary on Montreal-based Haitian-born artist and activist Alain Philoctète, who returns to his birth country to develop a permaculture projects with local farmers. The NFB’s Nathalie Cloutier serves as a producer and executive producer, while Colette Loumède is an executive producer.

Capping off the Canadian winners, Oksana Karpovych won the New Visions Award for Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open and Laurence Lévesque nabbed Best National Short or Medium-Length Film for Homeport. Karpovych’s first feature, Don’t Worry, the Doors Will Open captures conversations and landscapes on overcrowded passenger trains in Ukraine and sees both Ina Fichman and Judith Plamondon serve as producers on the project. Homeport, meanwhile, follows a fisherman on his quest to acquire a boat and become a captain and is produced by Elise Bois.

Image of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up courtesy of the NFB