RKS 2023 Hot Docs: “Hebron Relocation”: Church and State Swindle of the Inuit?

Holly Anderson’s short documentary “Hebron Relocation” has its world premiere at the 2023 Toronto Hot Docs Festival. It explores the forced location of 233 Inuit from Hebron to more southerly locations in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1959. Unfortunately the documentary fails to provide what the “official reason” was for the relocation so viewers may be somewhat puzzled how the church and state swindle was justified. Despite that lack of explanation, it was forced location for which the Newfoundland and Labrador government apologized for in 2005. Perhaps a small moral victory for a heinous church and state collaboration.

The 15-minute documentary jives nicely with the opening documentary for Toronto Hot Docs “Twice Colonized” focusing on the colonization of the Inuit in both Canada and Greenland.

Screens with “Samuel and the Light” on 3/7 May and streams on 5 May.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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