Private Project

Kokum, with love.

Flora Bear's youngest granddaughter searches for truth and answers about her Indigenous grandmother's life.
This short documentary is the filmmaker's personal journey of discovery to honour her late grandmother's life and understand her family history .

  • Kim Stadfeld
  • Kim Stadfeld
  • Kim Stadfeld
  • Kim Stadfeld
    Key Cast
  • Gayle Pruden
    Key Cast
  • Alfred Pruden
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Family, History
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    38,700 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    RED, BlackMagic
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Gimli International Film Festival
    July 23, 2022
    Audience Choice Award MB Shorts Competition
  • ImagineNative Film Festival
    October 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Available Light Film Festival
    February 18, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Native Women in Film and TV All Media Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 8, 2023
    USA Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Kim Stadfeld

Kim Stadfeld is an Anishinaabe woman (she/her) originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba currently living in Toronto Ontario. She is Ojibway/Métis on her mother’s side and Icelandic on her father’s side. Kim is a proud member of the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation in Treaty 1 Territory.

She is a bead work artist, aspiring writer and a video Post-Production professional with over 25 years Broadcast Television experience. Kim is a graduate from the University of Manitoba Bachelor of Arts Native Studies program and also studied Media Production at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba.

Kim recently expanded her voice as an artist at the 2020 Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Her first film 'Kokum, with love.' is created through the NSI Canada IndigiDocs program and produced with the assistance of the CrossCurrents Canada Doc Fund, with support from Netflix.

Kim is a proud mother, a grandmother, a lifelong learner and a spiritual seeker who is passionate about art, new media, Indigenous storytelling and family histories.

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Director Statement

It was important for me to tell this story about Flora Bear because the voices of Indigenous women have too long been silenced and invisible. My kokum’s life was deeply controlled by both the church and the government of her time. The practice of her culture and language were shamed and outlawed. The pain of her early death from Tuberculosis left a lasting legacy of grief for my mother and in turn for me, even though I’d never known Flora.

The work of understanding our history and healing family pain starts with me, it also starts with you. My hope in sharing the story about my kokum Flora is that it might inspire others to fill in any missing information gaps they have in their own family’s history.

It was my sole intention to make her life visible in a way that honours her memory and I deeply hope the audience connects to our story.