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Film on Colten Boushie case wins $10,000 prize at Hot Docs festival

"nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up" made its world premiere Thursday as the opening-night film for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, which runs through May 5. Justin Tang / The Canadian Press

A film about the killing of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan has won a top prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Tasha Hubbard’s nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up has won the best Canadian feature documentary award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

The film, which opened the festival, is about the case of Colten Boushie.

READ MORE: Colten Boushie documentary to open Toronto’s Hot Docs festival

The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation was shot to death after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm property near Biggar, Sask., in 2016.

Last year, a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally as he was trying to scare off young people on his property.

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The Hot Docs jury said the film “has created a lasting document that brings together past and future to illuminate oppression and resilience.”

Other Hot Docs award winners announced Friday night include Matt Gallagher’s Prey, which won a $5,000 special jury prize for its look at a sexual abuse survivor who takes on the Catholic church in an Ontario court.

READ MORE: ‘Time did not heal’: Colten Boushie’s mother still looks for relief

The emerging Canadian filmmaker award, which comes with a $3,000 cash prize, went to Emily Gan for Cavebirds.

Pailin Wedel’s Hope Frozen won the $10,000 best international feature documentary award.

The $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary will be announced as the festival wraps on Sunday.