Gather (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 14m

Gather celebrates the fruits of the indigenous food sovereignty movement, profiling innovative changemakers in Native American tribes across North America reclaiming their identities after centuries of physical and cultural genocide. On the Apache reservation, a chef embarks on a ambitious project to reclaim his tribe’s ancient ingredients; in South Dakota, a gifted Lakota high school student, raised on a buffalo ranch, is using science to prove her tribe’s native wisdom about environmental sustainability; and in Northern California, a group of young men from the Yurok tribe is struggling to rehabilitate its rivers to protect the salmon. Gather beautifully shows how the reclaiming and recovery of ancient foodways provides a form of resistance and survival, collectively bringing back health and self-determination to their people.

“Fighting for water rights and fighting for hunting rights, and maintaining our food ways is our own battle to fight for our human rights. “ - Nephi Craig, Gather

Join us for a digital film festival screening + live Q&A. Watch the film at your own pace, or join us for a shared viewing experience.
Saturday, June 20
6:40 PM EDT – Start watching the film
7:55 PM EDT – 5 min break – get your questions ready and re-fill your beverage!
8:00 PM EDT – Join us for a live Q&A with filmmaker Sanjay Rawal, HRW’s Acting Women’s Rights Co-Director Amanda Klasing, Director of Programs – Native Agriculture and Food Systems for First Nations Development Institute A-dae Briones, and film participant Elsie DuBray. Register here
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Director

Sanjay Rawal

Producer

Tanya Meillier

Producer

Sterlin Harjo

Language(s)

English

Bonus Content

10 mins
Along the Winisk River

In Canada, a remote Indigenous community is fighting for its survival in the age of climate change. Extreme weather, changes in ice formation, and wildfires have made hunting and gathering for traditional food more and more dangerous and difficult. Along the Winisk River is a portrait of a community as it comes together to embark on a caribou hunt in the freezing subarctic winter of Canada. The film explores the impacts of this struggle against a backdrop of systemic discrimination and calls for the government of Canada to do better to protect Indigenous communities.

Download Gather to access this video content.

Directors: Janna Kyllästinen & Asia Youngman

10 mins
How Violence and Impunity Fuel Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon

2019: Brazilians who defend the Amazon are facing threats and attacks from criminal networks engaged in illegal logging. The situation is only getting worse under President Bolsonaro, whose assault on the country’s environmental agencies is putting the rainforest and the people who live there at much greater risk.

Read the full, interactive report here, and download Gather to access this video content.

5 mins
Indonesia: Indigenous Peoples Losing Their Forests

The Indonesian government is failing to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples who have lost their traditional forests and livelihoods to oil palm plantations in West Kalimantan and Jambi provinces.

Human Rights Watch examines how a patchwork of weak laws, exacerbated by poor government oversight, and the failure of oil palm plantation companies to fulfill their human rights responsibilities have adversely affected Indigenous peoples’ rights to their forests, livelihood, food, water, and culture in Bengkayang regency, West Kalimantan, and Sarolangun regency, Jambi. The report, based on interviews with over 100 people and extensive field research, highlights the distinct challenges Indigenous people, particularly women, face as a result.

Read full report here, and download Gather to access this video content.

4 mins
Canada's Water Crisis: Indigenous Families at Risk

Canada has abundant water, yet water in many indigenous communities in Ontario is not safe to drink. The water on which many of Canada’s First Nations communities on lands known as reserves depend, is contaminated, hard to access, or at risk due to faulty treatment systems. The federal and provincial governments need to take urgent steps to address their role in this crisis.

Read full report here, and download Gather to access this video content.

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