When mountain biking and Lil’wat cultural performers come together… Dirt Diaries winning film

I missed this, mid August. In case you did too, enjoy the winning Crankworx’ Dirt Diaries film, “Mother Earth,” which was shot on Líl̓wat Territory, by Damien Vergez, featuring cultural performers Alex Wells, Daniel Wells, Jenice Wells, Oyiyek Wells, and Ted Bonaparte.

Six filmmakers were featured in Dirt Diaries, with short films that ran four to six minutes in long. The filmmakers began production on June 1, with their films being shown on the big screen at Whistler Olympic Plaza on Tuesday, August 14.

“Mother Earth” was co-produced by Native Thunder and Fast Focus.

It speaks eloquently for itself. I love the offering of the idea that reverence for nature is a place for building common ground, and I love the seed planted through this film, to remind anyone out enjoying trails, that this is Lil’wat territory, since time out of mind, and it has been stewarded and sung to by the Lil’wat. And I appreciate the courage of blending two cultures together in this piece, to initiate a conversation about who we are, who belongs, how we can move forward, in wellness, in respect.

“I feel that Nature speaks. Forests speak. Most of the time, we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention… The love of Nature is a common language and by spending more time exploring it, I understand everything better.”

Vergez shared some backstory to his film with the Pique, how this was an eight year journey, from seed of idea to making the film, made possible through his chance connection with Daniele Wells at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.


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