Nov 16, 2017 | 6:30 pm
Maq et l’esprit de la forêt (2006 | 8 min), by Phyllis Grant
This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he’s found through his creation.
Le chemin rouge (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.
This film was produced as part of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for francophone First Nations filmmakers in Quebec.
360 degrés (2008 | 18 min), by Caroline Monnet
Sébastien Aubin lives in a Winnipeg loft and works as a graphic artist. He’s also a French-speaking member of Manitoba’s Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Alongside his professional life, he’s on a spiritual and identity quest. In a bid to transcend the material world, he has begun an apprenticeship in traditional Aboriginal medicine.
Mark Thompson is the healer who has chosen to teach Sébastien. The backdrop to this transfer of knowledge between the generations is today’s accelerated world, embodied by Sébastien, who is caught between modernity and tradition. In a context of environmental crisis, the 360-degree turn from the values of the past to those of today becomes strikingly apparent.
This documentary was made as part of the Tremplin program, with the collaboration of Radio-Canada.
Si le temps le permet (2003 | 27 min), by Elisapie Isaac
This short documentary studies life in the village of Kangirsujuaq, in Nunavik. In this community lying on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, children’s laughter fills the streets while the old people ponder the passage of time. They are nomads of the wide-open spaces who are trying to get used to the strange feeling of staying put. Here, teenagers lap up “southern” culture and, to kill time, play golf on the tundra. Here, the elders are slowly dying, while their entire culture seems to be fading away.
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Films presented in French.