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.