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.

Friday, November 13
7:15 PM [EAT] – Start watching the film
8:30 PM [EAT] – Join us for a live Q&A with Film Participant Elsie DuBray, Poet Bapwoch Omot Oman, Writer & Lawyer Lornah Afoyomungu Olum & HRW Africa Advocacy Director Carine Kaneza-Nantulya. Introduced by filmmaker Sanjay Rawal. Register here!
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Sanjay Rawal


Tanya Meillier


Sterlin Harjo



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.

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Directors: Janna Kyllästinen & Asia Youngman

5 mins
Mozambique: Mining Resettlements Disrupt Food, Water

Government and Mining Companies Should Remedy Problems, Add Protections

(Maputo, May 23, 2013) – Many of the 1,429 households resettled to make way for Vale and Rio Tinto’s international coal mining operations in Tete province, Mozambique have faced serious disruptions in their access to food, water, and work, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Mozambican government’s speed in approving mining licenses and inviting billions of dollars in investment has outstripped the creation of adequate safeguards to protect directly affected populations.The 122-page report, “‘What is a House without Food?’ Mozambique’s Coal Mining Boom and Resettlements,” examines how serious shortcomings in government policy and mining companies’ implementation uprooted largely self-sufficient farming communities and resettled them to arid land far from rivers and markets. These communities have experienced periods of food insecurity or, when available, dependence on short-term food assistance financed by Vale and Rio Tinto.

Read the news piece here, and download Gather to access this video content.

4 mins
Zambia: Commercial Farms Displace Rural Communities

Poor Government Oversight Enables Forced Evictions

(Lusaka, October 25, 2017) – The Zambian government is failing to protect the rights of rural residents displaced by large commercial farms in Serenje district, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Some commercial farmers have acquired thousands of hectares of land while ignoring legal provisions meant to protect the environment and ensure local communities are compensated if their land is taken. Some commercial farms have forcibly evicted residents whose families have farmed the land for generations.

The report, “Forced to Leave: Commercial Farming and Displacement in Zambia,” examines the impact of commercial farms on residents’ rights to health, housing, livelihood, food and water security, and education. It examines how women have been disproportionately affected and often excluded from negotiations with commercial farmers. Based on more than 130 interviews with rural residents affected by commercial farming, the report examines the human rights record of six commercial farms that exemplify much larger failures of rights protection and governance. It also draws on interviews with government officials, commercial farmers, advocates, and lawyers.

Read the news piece here, and download Gather to access this video content.

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.