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'Highway of Tears' haunting, sad & powerful trailer on missing Aboriginal women

The new documentary film called, “Highway of Tears” is directed by Matt Smiley & narrated by Nathan Fillion (ABC-TV Castle). Highway #16 stretches nearly 500 miles across British Columbia, Canada. It has become a notorious length of cement road that is filled with hidden secrets involving AboriginalFirst Nations” women. Since the late 1960's, countless women have gone missing and/or their dead bodies were found along highway #16.

Terry Teegee - Tribal Council Chief
Angelique Merasty Levac Photography

The “Highway of Tears” is a haunting & desolate road that is surrounded by natural forest beauty which stretches for miles. That seems to be the problem with these missing women who have disappeared among the rough terrain, numerous rivers & deep forest trees. They have become victims of kidnapping, sexual assault & murder by opportunity. The law enforcement cannot cover the vast terrain fast enough or quick enough for the victims families.

The “Highway of Tears” documentary film is now rolling out in Canada to sold out screenings. It has not been announced by the filmmakers if or when the film will come to the United States. This a review of the documentary trailer that has already been released on the Internet.

The “Highway of Tears” teaser trailer opens with the camera aimed directly at highway #16 with a piano melody playing over it. An Aboriginal woman says, “I think the only time you're taken serious is when someone is murdered.” After that statement, the camera switches to a car driving at night along the highway against the lights of a logging truck. What does it mean? Well, for Aboriginal women it means fear & sometimes death when you walk along that highway.

At the end of the trailer, that same Aboriginal woman says, “She was a mother, my sister and my best friend and yeah, we just really miss her. I still miss her, you know?” There is a lot of anger & pain that comes to the surface. You can see it in her eyes & the anger is more prominent because her sister is gone. What is law enforcement doing about it?

All of the interviews are the same with the victims families. The pain is covered by the overwhelming anger over what law enforcement is not doing to protect “First Nations” women. In between these interviews, we see the beautiful landscape of Canada, the harsh weather conditions & the object poverty of the Aboriginal peoples. More importantly, we see highway #16 which plays a big part in the lives of native men & women who risk everything when they are forced to hitch hike.

The most haunting image is of those two young women walking on highway #16 because it might be their way of life. They may have no other transportation, but only to hitch hike. - You can get full information on “Highway of Tears” at the official website or on Facebook.

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