"Highway Of Tears" Toronto Amnesty International Reel Awareness Film Festival

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GET READY for 4 days of some of the best human rights documentaries and feature films shown around the world. 2015 marks the tenth exciting year of the highly anticipated REEL AWARENESS Film Festival - the Amnesty International Toronto Human Rights Film Festival. REEL AWARENESS brings together inspiration and information in a collection of must-see films. From November 19th to the 22nd, join Amnesty International in protecting and promoting human rights! Worldwide, talented filmmakers brave threats and danger to capture moving stories about human rights abuse, resistance and struggle. Their films have the power to take us away from our own lives and examine the complexity of the human condition. These are stories that simply have to be told - these are the stories told at REEL AWARENESS.

HIGHWAY OF TEARS

Since the late 1960s, at least forty young women have disappeared or been murdered along the “Highway of Tears” — a 500-mile, single-lane stretch of roadway in northern British Columbia. These cold cases had never been solved until a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigation linked DNA from one of the murder victims to a deceased American alleged serial killer in 2012.

Aboriginal communities have experienced the brunt of the brutality: dozens of their women have disappeared along the highway, victims of murderous predators, systemic racism perpetrated by a federal government that keeps them marginalized on impoverished reservations. First Nation leaders and activists contend there has been little interest in further investigating the crimes and in apprehending their killers. Narrated by TV Star Nathan Fillion (“Castle,” CBS), Matthew Smiley's award-winning documentary illustrates the personal stories of the victim’s families and investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment, and endemic violence in their communities has contributed to their tragic fates.
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By: Highway of Tears