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Femme Totale: New Indigenous Women’s Shorts

Sat, Aug 11 / 7 pm

The female voice and perspective in Indigenous cinema remains a strong, vital, and influential force. From both sides of the Medicine Line – the Canadian-American border – outstanding new talents explore an array of topics that plunge into the core of humanity, creating an expansive discourse around issues from resurgence, deep cultural ties and traditions, to sisterhood and loss. Curated by imagineNATIVE.

Introduced by Michelle Latimer.

A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle Latimer has written and produced several short films including Choke (Sundance Festival Jury Prize Honourable Mention in International Short Filmmaking, Tiff Canada’s Top Ten, nominated for Canadian Screen Award) She is currently collaborating with Sienna Films to develop a hybrid-genre feature film about Canada’s only female, dangerous offender, and she is working with the NFB and 90th Parallel Pictures to adapt Thomas King’s bestselling book “The Inconvenient Indian.”

Nitanish – À ma fille / Directed by Melissa Mollen Dupuis, 2015, Canada, 3 min / While awaiting the arrival of her daughter, Melissa Mollen Dupuis (the co-founder of Idle No More Quebec) weaves together a blanket for her unborn daughter that tells the creation story of their people.

I am Thy Weapon / Directed by Razelle Benally, 2016, USA, 12 min / A young woman, overcome by grief, contemplates a dark path after the painful loss of her little girl. But a dreamlike encounter deep in the woods shows her that life is worth living after all.

We Will Rise (Nous Nous Soulèverons) / Directed by Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, 2015, Canada, 4 min / A stirring ode to the generations to rise up and bring light to the world.

Passing Moments / Directed by Melissa Girvan, 2015, Canada, 5 min / An old woman moves through the cycle of her memories and struggles to find peace amidst the longing.

Polar Sun / Directed by Katie Doane Avery, 2016, USA, 12 min / After the tragic death of Sondra’s sister, her seven-year-old niece, Raven, comes to live with her and her partner. Already struggling to make sense of her own grief, she must help her niece through the loss of her mother and she turns to the Inupiat stories as a source of guidance for them both.

Background: Katie Doane Tulugaq Avery received a BA in museum studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 2009 and worked at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her short films are centred on cultural, social and familial narratives with interest in how the feminine, queer and Indigenous representations expand dialogue in social and political conversation.

Exposed Nerves / Directed by Madison Thomas, 2016, Canada, 8 min / Through contemporary dance, we see the different ways that a young woman deals with her bipolar reality.

Hugely talented, Madison Thomas is a Métis independent film director. Being raised in a Métis household, storytelling was a large part of Thomas’ childhood and extended into filmmaking in her high school years. After high school, Thomas studied filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012 and was accepted into Prague’s Film School in 2011. She also competed in CBC’s “Short Film Faceoff” in 2014, is the co-owner of Prairie Kids Productions, and is a member of the First Nations Talent Bank, and an On Screen Manitoba member.

* Special Mention for The Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Work at imagineNATIVE in October 2016.

The Length of Grief: The Daughters of Métis Mothers / Directed by Amy Malbeuf, 2016, Canada, 5 min / Through trust and sisterhood, two Métis women support one another on their path to transcendence and healing.

Amy Malbeuf is a visual artist who has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
In 2016 she was selected as one of six Indigenous artists to create a permanent public artwork for the upcoming Indigenous Art Park in Edmonton. Through utilizing mediums such as caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, performance and video, Malbeuf explores notions of place, language and ecology.

Susto / Directed by Pearl Salas, 2016, USA, 8 min / A young woman recounts the story of the “Coco Man,” a ghostly and monstrous entity that haunts misbehaving children.

*Special Mention for the Kent Monkman Best Experimental Prize at imagineNATIVE in October 2016.

Smoke that Travels / Directed by Kayla Briët, 2016, USA, 13 min / An insightful autobiographical documentary from self-taught filmmaker Kayla Briët, who weaves a beautiful visual tapestry of her father’s teachings as a cultural leader and the legacy she holds onto.

Numb / Directed by Kristin Flattery, 2018, Canada, 4:06 min
Numb questions Kanata’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, allowing the viewer to contemplate the next 150 year relationship. Numb regards the children who fled Residential School in freezing temperatures using the railway to guide them. Numb also pays homage to my Dakota ancestors who were dispossessed of their land and forced to move in harsh temperatures to unfavorable or inhabitable areas lacking resources. Finally, it pays tribute to a young woman who was brutally assaulted and fled barefoot into the woods where she perished.

As a Dakota/Anishinaabe and Irish/Belgian mixed contemporary artist and mother from Long Plain First Nation, Kristin Flattery is deeply committed to the treaties, land claims, identity, and what the next 150+ years has in store for Kanata. To explore and learn a cultural Identity once denied to my maternal family, becomes an act of resilience and decolonization.

High Altitude / Directed by Victoria Inglis, 2018, Canada, 3:59 min.
High Altitude explores what it means the be an Indigenous artist in the modern world. Being a youth in a fast paced digital arts scene, Inglis poetically explores the ideas of decolonization, racism, creativity, and life on lands of broken agreements. Though poetry they explore ways to go back to the land and heal.

Victoria Inglis is Dënesułįne & Nîhithaw from Reindeer Lake on Northern Turtle Island. They explore writing, visual arts, and activism through a poetic lens. Recently completing the Indigenous Storytelling & Spokenword Residency at Banff Art Centre & continually work with Red Rising Magazine to lift raw Indigenous voices.

Co-presented by ImagineNATIVE and Urban Shaman. 

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