TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St. W, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3X5
Filmmaker Holly Andersen of Makkovik, Nunatsiavut, always knew that the house she lives in carries within its frame the echoes of the forced displacement of northern Labrador Inuit. In Hebron Relocation, Andersen explores what makes a place a home as she speaks with friends and family about how the relocation impacted generations of Labrador Inuit.
Andersen’s house was one of many homes across Labrador hastily built for incoming northern Inuit relocatees. In 1959, residents of the community of Hebron were told that, without question, they would be divided up and relocated to more southerly communities across Labrador. Most families were not prepared for such a drastic change and left everything they knew behind.
Weaving together intimate stories from her community with rare footage that gives us a glimpse of community life during this upheaval, Andersen provides a heartfelt look at a difficult past that has changed the lives of Labrador Inuit forever.
Hebron Relocation is screening before the film Samuel and the Light.
You can also stream Hebron Relocation online between May 5-9 (only available in Canada).