"This powerful documentary operates from a place of pure and total empathy." - Valerie Complex, Deadline Hollywood Daily

"An accomplished, devastating documentary." - Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International

"SUGARCANE is something more meaningful than a mere history lesson. It’s a portrait of what remains when injustice occurs." - Esther Zuckerman, Indiewire

Opens August 16 | An investigation into abuse and missing children at an Indian residential school ignites a reckoning on the nearby Sugarcane Reserve. This stunning tribute to the resilience of Native people, SUGARCANE is set against the backdrop of a groundbreaking investigation into the abuse and deaths at an Indian residential school, empowering participants to break the cycles of intergenerational trauma by bearing witness to long-ignored truths. Despite the harrowing revelations of genocide, SUGARCANE highlights the enduring love within their families and communities. This epic cinematic portrait captures a community at a moment of international reckoning, offering both a powerful narrative and a beacon of hope. Content consideration: contains themes of abuse. Film Center exclusive. 


Awards & Nominations

Winner - Directing Award, U.S. Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner - Documentary Feature, Special Jury Prize, Independent Film Festival of Boston
Winner - Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival


The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu