White Ravens: A Legacy of Resistance

White Ravens: A Legacy of Resistance

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
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Georg Koszulinski | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
86 minutes

White Ravens (PG)

“Do we have to wait for the older generations to die off before we have any justice? I have more hope than that.”—GEOFF GREENE (HAIDA ARTIST)

How do you resist cultural assimilation and maintain a sense of history and tradition in the face of recurring aggression? White Ravens is a critically important lesson about how a people can stand together and fight back with power and dignity. Shot entirely on the remote islands of Haida Gwaii, Georg Koszulinski’s film is a touching portrait of the Haida People. The men and women featured in the film—William, Geoff, Raven, Erika, Ralph, Lisa, Vern, and a poet named Towustasin Stocker—share their stories of pain, anger, and trauma. But it is their resilience, respect for tradition, and deep love for the natural world that most endures.

White Ravens takes us on a remarkable journey to a place of astonishing beauty, but the film maintains its focus on the people who call this extraordinary place home. Their dedication and deep ties to the land give them the strength to fight a Herculean battle. The film shows that the fight is not over for the Haida people, nor for other Indigenous people all over the world. -ML


Georg Koszulinski

Georg has been making films and videos since 1999. His award-winning works have been presented at hundreds of universities and film festivals around the world, most recently at the Atlanta Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest, and Experiments in Cinema. Many of his documentaries and experimental essay films are also available through Fandor and GuideDoc. Currently, Georg is continuing his documentary work on Haida Gwaii, focusing on the Haida Gwaii Land Protector's blockading of industrial logging operations at St'aala Kun. Georg is also an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches filmmaking.