JAY CARDINAL VILLENEUVE | CANADA | 2017 |
13 MIN | SHORT DOCUMENTARY
On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands the
Holy Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building
where hundreds of children were imprisoned. Elder Lena
Wandering Spirit recounts her time at Holy Angels. Her
story takes us on a healing journey that echoes in the
dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now
that Lena was during her captivity. Their lives bridge the
distance of time and affirm the power that lies within us.
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Cree/Métis) is a filmmaker and actor from Slave
Lake, Alberta, currently living in Vancouver. Over the last decade, he
has been a producer and actor, and recorded the private statements of
residential school survivors for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of
Canada, which served as the impetus for Holy Angels.
SHORT 2: KEEWAYDAH
(LET’S GO HOME)
TERRIL CALDER | CANADA | 2017 | 9 MIN | ANIMATION
The moth’s powerful transformational gifts can bring
us from one world to the next. In this stunning work,
the moth brings home 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack.
It serves as a metaphor for a call for change in the
often-fraught relationship between Indigenous
and non-Indigenous Canada.
Terril Calder (Métis) is from Fort Frances, Ontario and currently resides in
Toronto. Her animations have screened at festivals internationally including
Sundance, Oberhausen, and Rotterdam. Her last film, SNIP, premiered at
TIFF, was named as one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts (2016), and was a
prize winner at the 2017 Berlinale (Generation, 14plus).
SHORT 3: THREE THOUSAND
ASINNAJAQ | CANADA | 2017 | 14 MIN |
Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National
Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving
historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original
animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she
recasts the past, present, and future of the Inuit in a
surprising new light.
This is the first film by Asinnajaq (Inuk) who has also guest curated Channel
51: Igloolik, this year’s spotlight on 30 years of Inuit video art.
SHORT 4: KÉWKU
SEAN STILLER | CANADA | 2017 | 10 MIN | SHORT
As Shuswap elder Ralph Phillips walks through his territory
picking sage, he reveals the sometimes difficult stories of
his life that have impacted his journey, beginning with his
time at residential school. As he prepares the medicine
and cleanses himself, he reveals the ways he came out of
abuse and trauma to stand strong in his community.
Sean Stiller is an emerging Secwepémc filmmaker based in Toronto who
focuses on Indigenous and social justice issues in Canada, as well as on
experimental and transmedia documentary practice.
SHORT 5: LELUM’ (HOME)
ASIA YOUNGMAN | CANADA | 2017 | 9 MIN |
Lelum’ (the Hul’qumi’num word for ‘home’) portrays the
strength and beauty of the land from the perspectives
of Indigenous youth. Stunning aerial shots of British
Columbia landscapes are complemented with messages
that speak to our inherent responsibility to protect and
show respect for our home.
Asia Youngman (Cree/Iroquois/Carrier/Métis) is an emerging filmmaker
from Vancouver. A videographer and video editor, Asia developed a
passion for both cinematography and visual effects while at the
Vancouver Film School. Lelum’ is her first short film.
SHORT 6: CREATURA DADA
CAROLINE MONNET | CANADA | 2017 | 4 MIN |
Six powerful Native women gather to celebrate a new
beginning and the end of the world as we know it.
Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais,
Quebec, and is currently based in Montréal. She is an alumnus of the
Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her short films have
screened at prominent festivals worldwide including TIFF, Sundance, and
the Berlinale. She was twice nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for
her short films Roberta (commissioned by imagineNATIVE) and Tshiuetin.
She is currently developing her first feature film entitled Bootlegger.
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