Kleena

Kleena

Release date:

1981

Running time:

19.5 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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The village of Alert Bay on the coast of British Columbia is the present spiritual and cultural centre of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) people. A small group travels to the hereditary oolichan fishing grounds to catch the fish and render it to oolichan grease (kleena). This film is about the social, historical, and economic importance of oolichan to the Kwakwaka'wakw.

Award(s): Finalist, American Film Festival

Also available as a 16mm print with advanced notice.

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