“Her Water Drum”: a poignant short film about MMIWG

The cast of her Waterdrum, L toR Producer John Elliott, Michael and Nadia George

By Donna Duric Writer BRANTFORD-It’s been six months since Jolene has seen her daughter, Kira Hill. Jolene, a Mohawk woman, places missing posters all over the neighbourhood, pleads with the police to help find her missing daughter, and struggles to raise her young son left reeling by the absence of his older sister. Her Water Drum, a short film produced by Jon Elliott, a Tuscarora filmmaker from Six Nations, paints a poignant, realistic picture of an Indigenous mother struggling to cope while searching for her daughter. Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is a delicate subject for any filmmaker to approach. But Elliott manages to capture the pain and heartache that families of MMIWG must endure in Her Water Drum with tact and a deliberate avoidance of any graphic…

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