Still from Gently Whispering The Circle Back
Still from Gently Whispering The Circle Back
 

Gently Whispering the Circle Back

by Beth Wishart MacKenzie
A documentary exploration of the journey of healing in a people wounded by the Canadian Indian Residential School system.
2013  ·  49m  ·  Canada
English
About the Film
Commissioned by Blue Quills First Nations College (Alberta, Canada), “Gently Whispering the Circle Back” is a documentary exploration of the journey of healing in a people wounded by the Canadian Indian Residential School system. With dignity and deep sincerity, survivors and the children of survivors share their personal stories with us. We become part of a ‘healing circle’ as participants speak of their recovery of tradition, language, ceremony, and personal dignity. Their stories move us to look inward at our own participation in the ongoing pain of Indigenous peoples and they inspire us to join the circle of healing for the benefit of all.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
2013
American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, Winner: Best DOC Short Award
2013
COMMFFEST, Winner: MADA Award
2013
Dreamspeakers Film Festival, Official Selection
2013
American Indian Film Festival, Official Selection
2014
Nordlys Film & Arts Festival, Official Selection
2014
Female Eye Film Festival, Official Selection
Cinematographer
Richard Gustavsen
Producer
Beth Wishart Mackenzie
Soundtrack Composer
Herb Stanley
Writer
Beth Wishart Mackenzie and Dave Cunningham
About the Director

Beth Wishart MacKenzie

Beth Wishart Mackenzie

Beth is an educator and award winning documentary filmmaker based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Using film Beth seeks to communicate the richness and complexity of cultural-religious life in Canada and to examine the challenges multicultural coexistence presents to Canadians. Beth’s prior experience in the discipline of Comparative Religious Studies allows her to bring an informed and sensitive perspective to her documentary film work and to effectively interpret the symbolic codes and spiritual sensibility of the individuals and communities she engages with. As a socially engaged documentary filmmaker, Beth seeks to use the creative medium of film to build community in Canada. Her films have enjoyed public and festival screenings nationally, internationally and online, and include Unforgotten (2016), Brothers in the Buddha (2014), and Gently Whispering the Circle Back (2013).  Lana Gets Her Talk is Beth’s most recent film. It is included in the Cross-Canada Touring Installation, pîkiskwe-speak: an Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation.
Contact: bwishmac@gmail.com

 
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