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These three films highlight the experiences of people trying to recreate and preserve relationships with loved ones.


Wed, Apr 27 at 6 pm

Roxie Theater

Short Film 1: My Duduś

Short Film 2: Anshan Diaries

Mid-Length Film: Ayoungman

My Duduś

A Polish mother grieves when her only child leaves their home in Chicago to study in Poland. She finds a baby squirrel in her backyard with unique and powerful bond with the animal, raising him as if he were her own child. (Tom Krawczyk USA 2022, 8 min)

Anshan Diaries

Anshan Diaries uses a real family’s life as its backdrop. Director Charles Dong casts his grandpa, a revolutionary of the left wing, as the film’s lead, investigating and retracing his family saga spanning three decades of Chinese post-cultural revolution history. (Charles Xiuzhi Dong China 2021, 28 min)

Guests Expected

Guests from Ayoungman and Anshan Diaries are expected to attend.



On March 17, 2019, 24-year-old Kristian Ayoungman was fatally shot in a racially motivated murder that shocked the Siksika Nation. In two Alberta, Canada, communities, a movement arose demanding Kristian’s murderers be brought to justice. Holly Fortier and Larry Day’s candid documentary depicts the unity and resilience of the Siksika Nation and the town of Strathmore, Alberta, while also underlining the sobering reality that a high percentage of Canadian homicide victims are Indigenous people.

Director Holly Fortier

Holly Fortier is an actor, as well as a director, writer, and producer, who has appeared in such productions as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). She is also an expert on Indigenous treaties and law, history, and cultural traditions, and she facilitates culture awareness training across Alberta, Canada, and beyond. She previously made A Mother’s Voice, a film about her mother Lina Gallup’s experience as a child and teen separated from her family and forced to attend a residential school.

Director Larry Day

Larry Day was a longtime Calgary, Alberta, news anchor who went on to form Pyramid Productions with his wife, Kirstie McLellan Day, which created entertainment shows and documentaries, including 30 for A&E Biography. In the last several years, he partnered with Two Canoes Media to tell stories of Indigenous people. Larry passed away Sept. 23, 2021.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere World

Runtime 38

Country Canada

Director Holly Fortier, Larry Day

Executive Producer Holly Fortier, Larry Day

Producer Holly Fortier

Editor Geordie Day

Cinematographer Geordie Day

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.