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Toronto Public Library - Bloor/Gladstone Branch, 1101 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario  
Dec 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm

Mobilize (2015 | 3 min), by Caroline Monnet

This short film, crafted entirely out of NFB archival footage by First Nations filmmaker Caroline Monnet, takes us on an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban south, capturing the perpetual negotiation between the traditional and the modern by a people moving ever forward.

The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968 | 10 min), by Willie Dunn

This short film examines the situation of Indigenous people in North America through the figure of Isapo-muxika (Crowfoot), the legendary 19th-century Siksika chief. A rapid montage of archival photos, etchings and contemporary newspaper clippings is married to the words and music of an impassioned ballad written by Mi’kmaq singer and songwriter Willie Dunn.

CBQM (2009 | 1 h 6 min), by Dennis Allen

This full-length documentary pays tribute to CBQM, the radio station that operates out of Fort McPherson, a small town about 150 km north of the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Northwest Territories. Through storytelling and old-time country music, filmmaker and long-time listener Dennis Allen crafts a nuanced portrait of the “Moccasin Telegraph,” the radio station that is a pillar of local identity and pride in this lively northern Teetl’it Gwich’in community of 800 souls.

In collaboration with CCUNESCO. More information here.

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