CANADA I: ON THE WAY HOME  26.1.2018 11:00 SIIDA

RERUN: 27.1.2018 16:00 SIIDA

 

A ship passes through the Kahnawake community on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

A ship passes through the Kahnawake community on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Flat Rocks

Canada, 2017, 10′

Director: Courtney Montour (Mohawk)

Producer: Whitebean Media Arts

Screenwriter: Courtney Montour (Mohawk), Roxann Whitebean (Mohawk)

Languages: English, Kanien’keha (Mohawk); subt. English

European premiere

Louis Dabo, 79, fought a relentless battle against the St. Lawrence Seaway, which cut through his farm and the Mohawk region in the 1950s, changing the landscape and the livelihood of the community permanently. A poetic narration in the Mohawk language voices the community’s connection to the water.

 

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Scales

Canada, 2017, 8′

Director/Screenwriter: Jessica Lea Fleming (Métis)

Languages: Anishinaabemowin, Mi’kmaq, Cree

World premiere

When Ayeeiahchia, a mystical water-creature, is captured by a psychopath, she needs the help of the spirits of her captor’s earlier victims. Scales is an otherworldly interpretation of missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

 

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Anna Marina

Canada, 2017, 10′

Director: Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot’in)

Languages: English

A Spanish girl and a Canadian Tsilhqot’in boy meet in Barcelona and try to find a common language during one night.

 

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Lelum (Home)

Canada, 2017, 9′

Director/Producer: Asia Youngman (Cree/Iroquois/Carrier/Métis)

Languages: English

Lelum’ (the Hul’qumi’num word for “home”) portrays the strength and beauty of the land from the perspectives of Indigenous youth. The stunning aerial photos of British Columbia landscapes emphasise the message of the young people: protect and show respect for our home.

 

 

Holy Angels

Canada, 2017, 13′

Director: Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Cree/Métis)

Languages: English

Lena Wandering Spirit is one of hundreds of children that were placed in the Holy Angels Residential School. Now her story is accompanied by a dancing girl who is the same age Lena was when she was removed from her home.

 

 

The Mountain of SGaana

Canada, 2017, 10′

Director/Screenwriter: Christopher Auchter (Haida)

Producer: Shirley Vercruysse (Haida)

Languages: No dialogue

A young man has been stolen away to the spirit world by SGaana (“orca”), and a young woman sets out to save him in an animation based on Haida art.

 

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SNIP

Canada, 2016, 15′

Director: Terril Calder (Métis)

Screenwriter: Joseph Boyden

Producer: Jason Ryle (Anishinaabe)

Languages: English

SNIP examines the reclamation of history, literally ‘snipping’ it out of past colonial ideologies. Through the stories of two children caught in the residential school system and two urban Anishinaabe, the film’s ever shifting gaze moves into an indigenous perspective.

 

 

I Like Girls

Canada, 2017, 8′

Director/Screenwriter: Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Languages: English

First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions and confusing issues of identity.

 

 

Keewaydah (Let’s Go Home)

Canada, 2017, 9′

Director/Screenwriter: Terril Calder (Métis)

Producer: Jason Ryle (Anishinaabe)

Languages: English, Ojibwe; subt. English

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 and serves for metaphor and call for change in the often fraught relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada.

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