Kwanlin Dün Tlingit producer’s short film explores woman’s rediscovery of traditional culture

It’s been an exciting past few days for Kwanlin Dün/Tlingit filmmaker Kiri Geen.

Last week Geen’s first short film Kiri and the Girl premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The film follows a young Indigenous girl named Kiri who loses her mother, and how she later becomes reconnected to her mother in the spirit world through the power of powwow and traditional art.

The film is loosely based on Geen’s early life as a ‘60s Scoop survivor and is a metaphorical account of how she came to reclaim her First Nations culture later in life.

Reporter / Whitehorse

Sara Connors is originally from Nova Scotia and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax. After graduation she worked in South Korea for two years as an English Language teacher and freelance journalist. After she returned home in 2019 she worked behind the scenes at CTV Atlantic in Halifax before joining APTN's Yukon bureau in July 2020.