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BEYOND EXTINCTION: SINIXT RESURGENCE

Canada2022103 minutesEnglish, SnslxcinCanadian PremiereDocumentary

When a man from the “extinct” Sinixt people in what’s called British Columbia’s Slocan Valley challenges his deportation to the United States, the question arises: How can his people be extinct when he is very much alive? Decorated filmmaker Ali Kazimi’s new documentary traces a decades-long fight by Sinixt elder Marilyn James to have her people’s existence recognized amid threats from colonial bureaucratic erasure, corporate interests, and land claims from other groups.

Told with the hallmarks of Kazimi’s style, Beyond Extinction involves a mixture of observational footage, contemporary interviews, oral histories, survival stories told by matriarchs, and personal as well as public archives, to tell a story that’s never told before. Shot over decades from the 1990s to our present day, the temporal trajectory of the film and its featured subjects gives us vital perspective on our collective place on this land and how we choose to fight for our legacies. 

- Aram Siu Wai Collier

Recognitions

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival, 2022
Planet in Focus International Environment Film Festival, 2022

Director Bio

Ali Kazimi

Ali Kazimi is an India-born and -raised Governor General’s Award-winning filmmaker whose work deals with issues of race, history, and memory. He is a full professor in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts at York University, where he has also served as department chair. Kazimi was also Reel Asian’s 2021 Canadian Spotlight Artist.

12 Nov, 2022 2:30 pm

The screening for Beyond Extinction: Sinixt Resurgence will be shown at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4. This feature film will also be shown as an online screening from Nov 14 – Nov 20.

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Rating

RATED PG

Content Warning: Racism

Accessibility:

This film is presented with open captions in-person and closed captions digitally.

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Q&A: BEYOND EXTINCTION: SINIXT RESURGENCE

Join us for a Q&A immediately after the theatrical presentation with director Ali Kazimi VIA ZOOM.

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