UNAVAILABLE Smudge is a short documentary that is part of the National Film Board of Canada's Momentum Series. This series was designed to support emerging Ontario filmmakers create short videos that tackled the theme of human rights. Metis director Gail Maurice directed this short documentary about Native women in urban settings and their efforts to incorporate traditional spiritual practices such as smudging into their daily lives. Shot on location in offices, a park, and theatre, the film features several Native women who smudge with sweetgrass as part of their everyday living. They explain why and how they smudge as well as explain some of the barriers within the workplace that make smudging difficult. For example, a theatre prevents the Native actors from performing a smudge on the set prior to the play because the owners fear a fire will result. This forces the actors to perform the smudge outside the theatre in the back alley. Professor Bonita Lawrence explains how she sang a special song and smudged following the death of her mother. Bonita sought the open space of an urban park and joked about the looks from passersby and the possibility of police being alerted. Several of the women interviewed during the film depended on humour to help them overcome the obstacles in the urban environment that worked to deter them from smudging. The final scene is the backyard of a Native woman's home as a gathering of women come together to honour Grandmother Moon during a Full Moon Ceremony. Again the women rely on humour as one explains the difficulty of locating the moon during a winter evening in a large city. This is a valuable contribution to the documentation of modern urban Native ceremonies that use the healing medicines of sweetgrass, tobacco, prayers, and the drum. A DVD is also available.