Reserve life, family problems and the death of a close friend push Kaitlyn into a deep depression. Following a suicide attempt and a lengthy hospital stay in a strange city, she finds herself in group therapy with three other Anishinawbe youth. Despite differences in their backgrounds and personal struggles, they begin to find strength and support in each other. They begin to grow through building relationships with one another and connecting to their culture. However, a series of events and losses continue to make Kaitlyn’s recovery uncertain.
This film deals with the tough issues of depression, suicide and racism. It is intended for therapeutic use with clients to encourage participation in group therapy and to spark discussion about these critical issues. It also serves to illustrate the diversity within modern Anishinawbe culture (Northwestern Ontario, Canada) and to point out that different healing and spiritual approaches. This community film project was written by Michelle Derosier of Eagle Lake First Nation (Thunderstone Pictures) and was shot on Super 16mm film for maximum production value. It has won multiple awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Seeking Bimaadiziiwin is a co-production of ThunderstonePictures.com and Shebafilms.com and was co-directed by Dave Clement and Kelly Saxberg.