I produced a five-part series of short documentaries for Black Lives Matter Toronto as they occupied Toronto Police headquarters for two weeks. These videos were each shot and edited the same day the story unfolded.
March 30, 2016.
Every day Gary Wassaykeesic climbs onto this statue at Toronto Police headquarters, unfurls the Two Row Wampum, Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and Unity flags, and announces aloud “this is Iroquois land.” For the past ten days, through thunderstorms, freezing rain, and snow, Gary has camped with many others at Black Lives Matter Toronto’s tent city in solidarity with Black and allied Torontonians who demand consequences for police officers who continue to kill civilians with impunity.
Activists disrupted the world’s largest mining convention to hold a vigil for the people killed in opposition to Canadian mining projects around the world. The protest came four days after Bertha Cáceras, an Indigenous leader from Honduras, was assassinated in her home. This short video was produced for Submedia.tv, an independent media channel run by Franklin Lopez.
I spent several months filming this short documentary in Unist’ot’en territory as the RCMP and pipeline companies increased their presence in the area and attempted to force fracking infrastructure onto unceded Indigenous land. As of May 2016, this video has been viewed nearly 8 million times on Facebook. Edited by Franklin Lopez.