Productions

Grand Cru

A Montrealer risks it all to fulfill his dream of becoming one of the few elite wine producers in Burgundy, France. > more

Care Rebels

A six part web series about individuals who are breaking barriers for unpaid friend and family caregivers. > more

A Time to Swim

A former exile returns to his childhood village and struggles to navigate a complex web of interests and tensions in a race to save his culture. > more

Forever Dad

When a photographer loses contact with his son following a parental abduction, he embarks on an artistic project to make portraits of other fathers in the same situation. > more

Okpik’s Dream

The extraordinary life story of Harry Okpik, champion Inuit sled dog musher and amputee. > more

The Flying Stars

Portrait of civil war amputees in Sierra Leone through a soccer league and one of its most charismatic and haunted players. > more

Burgundy Jazz

A web documentary that explores the Montreal Black community's incredible contribution to jazz. > more

Come Worry With Us!

Can a rock band be the village that raises a child? Montreal band Silver Mt. Zion has accepted a child into its touring tribe. > more

Lost Rivers

The past, present, and future of the world's lost urban rivers. > more

Mr. Crab

A child who both idolizes and is terrified by his father dives into the waters of Trinidad and his imagination to confront his fears. > more

Okpik’s Dream

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Harry Okpik dreamed of becoming a dog musher. But when government agents shot his and thousands of other Inuit huskies across the Canadian Arctic, 11-year-old Harry saw the sky turn red and thought his dream forever destroyed. Now, fifty years later, Harry Okpik reflects on the tragedy of the Dog Slaughter and the accident that led to the loss of his leg. Follow Harry through the arctic seasons as cares for his huskies and prepares for Ivakkak - a 600 km dog sled race across the Canadian Arctic. A race with the greater purpose: to bring back the nearly eradicated Inuit husky and a lost way of life.  

Winner – Grand Prix Rigoberta Menchu Award (Montreal First Peoples Festival)
Winner – Honorable Mention – Grand Prix City of Innsbruck (Innsbruck Nature Film Festival) 

Written and Directed by | Laura Rietveld
Produced by | Katarina Soukup 
With | Harry Sam Willy Okpik
Also AppearingAdamie Michaud, Matthew Okpik, Susie Okpik, Tappia Okpik, Johnny Oovaut
Directors of Photography | Alexandre Domingue, Alex Margineanu, Stefan Nitoslawski 
Editor | Heidi Haines
Original Music | Ramachandra Borcar
Sound | Kyle Stanfield, Lynne Trépanier, Mélanie Gauthier, Benoît Coailler, Claude Langlois, Lise Wedlock 

Canada Media Fund, Shaw Media Hot Docs Development Fund, Air Inuit, Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit, Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, First Air.

CBC Quebec, CBC North, CBC documentary, Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV)

25th Montreal First Peoples Festival (2015)