Still from Nuuca
Still from Nuuca


by Michelle Latimer
A meditation on Indigenous women’s connection to the land & the link between the violence perpetrated against them & the extractive industry’s rape of the earth.
2017  ·  12m  ·  Canada, United States
About the Film
Over the last decade, an oil boom in North Dakota has seen the state’s population double with primarily male workers flocking to the region. With this dramatic increase has come an influx of drugs, crime and sexual violence. On the Fort Berthold Indian reservation alone, rates of sexual violence have increased 168%, with Indigenous women most affected. Juxtaposing the ravaged yet starkly beautiful landscape with personal testimony from young Indigenous women living on the reservation, Nuuca is an evocative meditation revealing the connections between the rape of the earth and the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.
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Festivals and Awards
Toronto International Film Festival, Official Selection
Festival Regard, Montreal, Official Selection
Seattle International Film Festival, Official Selection
In the Press
The Intercept
Katie Chipperfield
Iris Ng
Catie Lamer
Soundtrack Composer
Laura Ortman
About the Director

Michelle Latimer

Still from Michelle Latimer
Still from Michelle Latimer

A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film & new media as a tool for social change. She is interested in exploring how sound and image can transform space to create a visceral experience that lends itself to greater cultural awareness and understanding. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity,” and are often experiments of creative form expressed from a personal point of view.

In 2018, Michelle was awarded a Field of Vision Filmmaker Fellowship under Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook. Through FOV she created the short film Nuuca – an exploration of how extractive industries exacerbate rates of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Nuuca premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival before screening in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and the Berlinale Generation 14+ program.

She is currently collaborating with Sienna Films to develop a dramatic feature film about Canada’s only female, dangerous offender, and she is working with the National Film Board of Canada and 90th Parallel Pictures to adapt Thomas King’s bestselling book “The Inconvenient Indian” into a theatrical feature documentary.