APishKweShiMon is a beautiful birthing story of resilience, as well as the sequel to PLACEnta (2012), a short documentary about finding the appropriate place for a placenta ceremony. The placenta ceremony is a sacred rite, and was performed after each birth of every Cree child many years ago. Sadly, our ceremonies and ways of being were interrupted by colonialism, but as a community, we are slowly weaving the ways of our ancestors back into our lives and reigniting the flames of our past. After eleven long years, Jules, a Cree media maker, and the mother of twin boys Tapwewin and Pawaken has finally found a place to conduct the ceremony. The twins' placenta has been frozen since their birth in 2006. After careful consideration, and a big move across the country, the Koostachin family finally conducts the ceremony. Amazingly, as though the ancestors have guided them through, Asivak, the twins' older brother, and their father Jake Chakasim take the lead and support the twins as they prepare for the ceremony in Vancouver. A few weeks later, Jules travels alone and with the ashes of the placenta to her home community of Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario. While in Attawapiskat, and with the guidance and support of family members and friends, they come together to discuss how and where the ceremony needs to take place. Jules' spirited journey of reclamation is one of hope and inspiration for the next generation.

Running Time
11 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Short
Jules Koostachin
Jules Koostachin
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «APisKweShiMon» (17)

Randy avatar

One of the better movies I've seen lately.

Benjamin avatar

Jules Koostachin has made a great movie. Gorgeous scenery, great film!

Jacqueline T. avatar
Jacqueline T.

Every genre has the potential to be 'done well'... and this film meets those expectations.

Peter Scott avatar
Peter Scott

Great actors, good story, nice score. Made for a nice evening.

Justin Cole avatar
Justin Cole

Still entranced one week after viewing. This is one the greatest films ever made.

Patrick H. avatar
Patrick H.

These movies are never boring to me. I enjoyed it!

John K. avatar
John K.

This movie is amazing! Without a doubt 5 stars!

Albert G. avatar
Albert G.


Kyle avatar

This is the best looking version of the theatrical release. You also get the standard blu-ray with 3 different versions of the film. You can’t go wrong with this package in my opinion.

Ralph avatar

Jules Koostachin balanced everything masterfully. As Good As It Gets!!!