The story of a Tlingit First Nations man who has been deeply affected by the inter-generational trauma caused by Canada’s residential schools system.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Traolach Ó Murchú

Filmmaker’s statement

Gordie was made as a part of a 48-hour filmmaking competition in Canada’s Yukon territory.

I stumbled upon the subject of the documentary, James Kawchuk, two days before shooting for the competition was due to commence. He didn’t have time to talk to me but I heard him say a few words at a public gathering that I had wandered into and I knew that he had a story to tell.

When we met two days later in Whitehorse he asked me what we should talk about for the documentary. I told him that I wasn’t sure so he suggested that we go to Carcross, a community located an hour’s drive from Whitehorse. I agreed to this and asked why Carcross was important to him. He replied that it was the place where his brother is buried.

These are the first two things I learned about James: he had a brother and his brother was dead. We spoke throughout the hour-long drive and by the time we reached Carcross I knew what the film was going to be.

About Traolach Ó Murchú

Traolach Ó Murchú

Traolach worked as a television director in Ireland before moving to Canada’s Yukon territory in 2012. He has written and directed a number of short films that have screened at festivals internationally.

He is currently producing and directing French-language television and aims to spend more of his time directing drama and documentary films.

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