THE WITNESS BLANKET
THIS FILM FOLLOWS THE JOURNEY OF MAKING THE WITNESS BLANKET – A NATIONAL MONUMENT THAT COMMEMORATES THE EXPERIENCES OF RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS ACROSS CANADA.
Inspired to know more about his father’s time at residential school, artist Carey Newman created the Witness Blanket – a national monument that commemorates the experiences of residential school survivors. The blanket is constructed from hundreds of everyday items collected from residential schools, churches, government buildings and cultural structures across Canada. Each object has a story to tell, each survivor has something to say. Narrated by the artist, this film weaves together those stories with his personal journey, examining how art can open our hearts to the pain of truth and the beauty of resiliency.
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