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The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous film festival and one of Canada’s most successful Indigenous-run arts organizations. Their Tour is one of their most important projects and it’s their goal to ensure that Indigenous people in Canada have access to films and media art made by Indigenous artists. Indigenous people are often unrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream media including film and television. It is incredibly empowering to see self-determined representations of Indigenous people made by Indigenous people.
This film series at Cambridge Art Galleries is generously funded by the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation.
Join us for a screening of the following short films at 1:00pm:
Holy Angels (2017, 13 minutes): On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands Holy Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building, built in 1874. Using Holy Angels as a backdrop, filmmaker Jay Cardinal Villeneuve takes us on a healing journey that combines the stories of Elder Lena Wandering Spirit and the dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now that Lena was during her captivity at Holy Angels. Directed by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Cree/Métis).
KEEWAYDAH (2017, 9 minutes): In 1966, Canada's first inquest into the treatment of First Nations children in residential schools took place. The hearing emerged from the tragic death of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinabe boy who ran away from an abusive school and froze to death alone in the bush. Decades later Chanie's legacy endures. Directed by Terril Calder (Métis).
Three Thousand (2017, 14 minutes): Inuit artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light. Directed by Asinnajaq (Inuk).
Kéwku (2017, 10 minutes): Using the backdrop of traditional Shuswap territory in British Columbia’s interior as both physical and symbolic landscape, Kéwku weaves the tumultuous life experiences of Shuswap elder Ralph Phillips to his relationship with the healing medicine sage. Directed by Sean Stiller (Secwepemc).
Lelum' (2017, 9 minutes): Lelum' (the Hul'qumi'num word for ‘home’) is a short documentary that portrays the strength and beauty of the land from the perspectives of Indigenous youth. Directed by Asia Youngman (Cree/Iroquois/Carrier/Métis).
Creatura Dada (2017, 4 minutes): Six powerful native women gather up to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it. Directed by Caroline Monnet (Algonquin).