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If Teardrops Were Pennies: Julia Cockney, an Elder of Tuktoyaktuk

In Indigenous, Youth



In this tender and courageous short doc, Elder Julia Cockney shares the impact of, at 7 years old, being denied the presence of her mom and dad, and growing up in a Residential School. Now as an adult, her heart is finding its way home. A film by the youth of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada. 

In 2017, Reel Youth visited ‘Tuk’ as it is locally called, for two weeks. We facilitated youth and elders documentaries and a series of issue-based claymations. See more of these films at


Reel Youth is a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally. Film production and distribution programs are designed to create positive change in young people’s lives through technical skill building, leadership training, creative collaboration with peers and mentors, and increased connection to community resources.

This production was made possible with support from the government of Northwest Territories.


Oct 1 - Oct 31



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