Nov 15, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Red Path (2015 | 15 min), by Thérèse Ottawa
This short documentary tells the story of Tony Chachai, a young Aboriginal man in search of his identity. Moved by the desire to reconnect with his Atikamekw roots, he delivers a touching testimony on the journey that brought him closer to his family and community. On the verge of becoming a father himself, he becomes increasingly aware of the richness of his heritage and celebrates it by dancing in a powwow.
Series of four films by First Nations filmmakers that remix archival footage to address Indigenous identity and representation, reframing Canadian history through a contemporary lens.
Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down) (2015 | 5 min), by Jeff Barnaby
Jeff Barnaby’s Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down) destroys any remaining shreds of the mythology of a fair and just Canada. His message is clear: attempts to “get rid of the Indian problem” have failed. Featuring music by Tanya Tagaq.
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.
Nimmikaage (She Dances for People) (2015 | 3 min), by Michelle Latimer
Both a requiem for and an honouring of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, this short film deconstructs the layers of Canadian nationalism. In the process, it reverses the colonial lens by shifting the balance of power to reclaim the Canadian narrative, putting the enduring strength and resilience of Indigenous women at the forefront.
Sisters & Brothers (2015 | 3 min), by Kent Monkman
In a pounding critique of Canada’s colonial history, this short film draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison in the 1890s and the devastation inflicted on the Indigenous population by the residential school system.
Co-presented by the Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), Vancity Office of Community Engagement and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples. More information here.