A women and two men stand on rocky cliff edge at sunrise

2022 | Trailer 1 MIN.


(The Approaching Dawn)

Co-directors (alphabetically): Jacob Bearchum, Taylor Hensel, Adam Mazo, Chris Newell, Roger Paul, Kavita Pillay, Tracy Rector, and Lauren Stevens

Waponahkik (the people of the dawn land) bring gratitude to the sun where it first looks our way. Song and stories invite us to accept the new day and put behind us any harm done the day before.

Featuring Passamaquoddy citizens Christopher Newell, Roger Paul, and Lauren Stevens; and Yo-Yo Ma.

Critical acclaim for this film

Official Big Sky 2022 film festival laurel
Offical Skabmagovat 2022 film festival laurel
Official Cartagena International Film Festival 2022 Laurel
2022 Audience Award Winner - Documentary Short Film IFFBoston - Independent Film Festival Boston
The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival 2022 Official Selection
Official Selection 2022 NW Folklife Film Forum
Official Selection Indy Shorts International Film Festival 2022
Māoriland Film Festival Official Selection 2022
Official Selection Local Sightings Film Festival 2022
Camden International Film Festival Official Selection 2022
Official Selection Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2022

This film captures our language, our culture, our life views and how we have managed to survive genocide. We all have a role on this earth and when we take the time to celebrate our strengths and work together, we can create beautiful things. Wayne Newell’s wisdom expressed it more than walking away and feeling good, “We have a lot of work to do!” This work is important and we must never give up!

-Chief Maggie Dana, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik


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Behind the scenes

A silhouette of a forest and a man playing a flute during sunrise

Hawk Henries playing flute at dawn

A man with a cello hugs another man with a flute while a woman smiles behind them

Lauren Stevens (left) and Yo-Yo Ma embracing Hawk Henries after a sunrise performance

A man plays a cello and another man plays a hand drum while standing in a forest at dawn

Yo-Yo Ma (left) and Christopher Newell performing

A man plays a cello outdoors while a group of seven people watch from a distance

Wabanaki performers (L to R) Christopher Newell, Matthew Dana, Lauren Stevens, Hawk Henries, Rolfe Richter, Lynn Mitchell, and Roger Paul watch Yo-Yo Ma perform

Deep blue sky and fog over a cliff

Scenic cliff

A man in glasses leans on a rock next two another man and women looking in the distance

(L to R) Christopher Newell, Roger Paul, and Lauren Stevens at Schoodic Point