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Sundance Film Festival 2024: ‘Sugarcane’

Ed Archie NoiseCat
Emily Kassie
Courtesy of Sundance Institute
Ed Archie NoiseCat

In 2021, unmarked graves were discovered at several residential boarding schools in Canada. Then, investigations began.

St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, British Columbia was one of those schools. Ed Archie NoiseCat was born — and abandoned — there. He spent most of his life not wanting to talk about it. When the investigation into the school began, Julian Brave NoiseCat — Ed’s son — wanted to talk about it and made a documentary about the investigation. The resulting film is more than a look into a shameful chapter of Canada’s past. It is about the hard truths a community and a family have to face.


  • Julian Brave NoiseCat | Journalist, writer and co-director of “Sugarcane” 
  • Emily Kassie | Filmmaker, investigative journalist and co-director/producer of “Sugarcane” 

“Sugarcane” will screen again at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Village Cinema and will be available online beginning Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. until Jan. 28 at 11:55 p.m. You can learn more about how to see “Sugarcane” here.

Airdate: Jan. 24, 2024 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m.

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