Decades after being flooded out of their territory by a hydroelectric dam, the Indigenous northern BC community of Kwadacha grapples with the cultural and social impact that the loss of their land has on their heritage.
Writers: Dave Shortt, Jessica Hallenbeck
Directors: Dave Shortt, Jessica Hallenbeck, Mitchell McCook
Producers: Lantern Films, Kwadacha First Nation
Kwadacha By The River is a community film, created with the generosity and resilience of Elders, who came together to share their story of loss and survival. As Emil McCook says in the film, “it’s a valley that we’ve lost … and it’s lost forever as far as First Nations are concerned.”
Kwadacha By The River is about the devastating impacts of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, one of the largest dams in the world. Through the film, we see the strength of Elders and of the Tsek’ene people in their courage to share personal and difficult truths with others.
Despite ongoing trauma from the dam’s construction, and the loss of their territory, Kwadacha came together to tell a painful story – one which everyone should know.
About Jessica Hallenbeck
Jessica Hallenbeck is a professionally trained filmmaker and community planner with over 15 years experience in documentary film production, participatory video facilitation and educational video creation. She has operated her own successful consulting practice for six years.
Jessica holds a BA in film from Queen’s University, an MA in community planning from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at UBC.
Jessica is the co-founder of Lantern Films.