Feb 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm
First Stories – My Indian Name (2006 | 6 min), by Darryl Nepinak
My Indian Name documents filmmaker Darryl Nepinak’s journey as he receives his Indian name. This short film takes a look at how traditional culture continues to shape and influence our modern sense of self. Why does this important personal ceremony take place? What does it mean to get one’s name? How do others, who have already received their names, now see themselves? How do others see them? Through intimate interviews with family, friends, and elders, Darryl considers these important questions and finds some revealing answers along the way.
Writing the Land (2007 | 7 min), by Kevin Lee Burton
In this short documentary, a Musqueam elder rediscovers his Native language and traditions in the city of Vancouver, in the vicinity of which the Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years. Writing the Land captures the ever-changing nature of a modern city – the glass and steel towers cut against the sky, grass, trees and a sudden flash of birds in flight and the enduring power of language to shape perception and create memory.
Also screening: Marie’s Dictionary. Art for Lunch. More information here.