Stolen Sisters is a one-hour television documentary produced by Canada’s Fahrenheit Films that debuts on October 20, 2007 on Global Television.
In 2004, Amnesty International made a bold pronouncement and it wasn't about Guantanamo, Saudi Arabia, or other global hotspots where you would expect human rights violations. It was against Canada. Amnesty International charges that Canada is “putting Indigenous women in danger of kidnapping and violent deaths through racism and indifference.”
It is estimated that over 500 aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing in violent circumstances in Canada in the past 20 years. An Aboriginal woman in Canada is five times more likely to die of violence circumstances than a woman of any other race. These women come from all over the country, and from all walks of life and economic backgrounds.
Stolen Sisters takes viewers inside this contentious issue, from the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan to the haunting depths of the dark alleys in Vancouver’s dangerous Hastings district. You will hear the stories of the missing and witness one family’s desperate search for their loved one.
Daleen Bosse Muskego, a Saskatoon university student, wife and mother, vanishes from a Saskatoon parking lot on May 18, 2004. From the onset, the Muskegos take the investigation in their own hands, feeling they are being brushed off by the Saskatoon Police Service. The Police, meanwhile, claim unconfirmed sightings of Daleen hampered their investigation. Both sides tell their story in this controversial case. The documentary also examines allegations that the police failed to properly investigate what may have been crucial physical evidence.
Meanwhile in Fort Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan, Gwenda Yuzicappi’s 19-year-old daughter, Amber Redman, disappears on July 19, 2005. She is a student and athlete. The film follows Gwenda journey from months of being bedridden at the loss of her daughter, to a wave of activism that leads to a dramatic conclusion on the international stage.
From the Robert Pickton case to the sex trade murders in Edmonton; From The Highway of Tears in Prince George, B.C. to the snowy landscapes of Dauphin, Manitoba, Stolen Sisters is a window to a world that most people only read about in their morning paper.
The idea for the film came in February of 2006 when writer Craig Silliphant came upon Amnesty International’s “Stolen Sisters” Report while researching a related article. Fahrenheit Films Incorporated pitched the project to Global Television in March of that year and it went into development in the late spring of 2006. In December of 2006, Stolen Sisters received a broadcast license and from January to August, 2007 principal photography was conducted throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Post-production began in June was completed in September, 2007. The film's debut air date is October 20, 2007 on Global Television.
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