Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  49 minutes
Date:  2004
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
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Two Worlds Colliding

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Chronicles Saskatoon's infamous "freezing deaths," when police abandoned Aboriginals outside of town in the depths of winter.

Two Worlds Colliding

Two Worlds Colliding chronicles the painful story of what came to be known as Saskatoon's infamous "freezing deaths," and the schism between a fearful, mistrustful Aboriginal community and a police force that must come to terms with a shocking secret.

One frigid night in January 2000, a Native man, Darrell Night, finds himself dumped by two police officers in -20° C temperatures in a barren field on the city outskirts and finds shelter at a nearby power station. He survives the ordeal but is stunned to hear that the frozen body of another Aboriginal man is discovered in the same area. Days later, another victim, also Native, is found. When Night comes forward with his story, he sets into motion a chain of events: a major RCMP investigation into several suspicious deaths, the conviction of the two constables who abandoned him and the reopening of an old case, leading to a judicial inquiry.

It remains to be seen whether the gulf between the two worlds can be bridged

“the government has taken their land, their resources and their lives...without any attempt in understanding or respecting the valuable culture of indigenous people. the government treated (treats) indigenous people without respect yesterday and today...no wonder mainstream society remains rampant with racism. it's time for this to end.”


Canada, Toronto, Gemini Awards, 17-Nov-2005, Canada, Yorkton, Golden Sheaf Awards /Short Film and Video Festival, 26-May-2005


Main credits

Hubbard, Tasha (film director)
Hubbard, Tasha (screenwriter)
Thompson, Bonnie (film producer)
Menard, Andrea (narrator)

Other credits

Director of photography, George Hupka; editor, Harley Michailuck; original music, Ross Nykiforuk.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Indigenous Studies
Race and Racism
Civil Rights
Law Enforcement

Distributor subjects

Law and Crime
Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Indians of North America
Police brutality


; "Two Worlds Colliding"; National Film Board of Canada

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