Walking Home – a short film

“Walking Home – A contemplative journey along the Yukon River” is a short film conceptualized, directed, and produced by Othmar F. Arnold, with feedback and support from Celia McBride; filmed in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada).

“It is an exploration and visualization of contemplative processes that unfold during walking in relative silence along the Yukon River. I am able to journey far, transcending the here and now. Being one with the Universe leads me to feel the pain – and the hope – of the victims and survivors of oppression, colonialism, and other forms of social injustice and violence. Glimpses of home and belonging appear, which are carried forward by a flowing movement from the past to the yet-to-be toward an unfamiliar source of light. The physical journey ends back at the classic picket fence.”

The journey takes me along:

  • Millennium Trail and Downtown Riverfront Walkway (City of Whitehorse; Trans Canada Trail)
  • Healing Totem, by Master carver Wayne Price, Haines, AK, carved with many participants from the Northern Cultural Expressions Society. Erected on the waterfront downtown Whitehorse (near 1st Av & Main St.) on November 3, 2012 [see: http://www.yukon-news.com/multimedia/slideshow/30910/]. This project was initiated to help the healing of generations of people affected by the residential school system for the assimilation of indigenous people in Canada. “After a hundred years of repression and oppression, right in the heart of the city stands a totem pole.” (Colin Teramura)
  • Old Telegraph Office (MacBride Museum of Yukon History)
  • Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre (Kwanlin Dün First Nation): A cultural experience for everyone – A gathering place for all.

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