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Noondaagotoon: Play it (so it makes sounds)

THU, AUG 21 / 7 pm
Curated and introduced by Jenny Western

Indigenous film and video directors use a visual medium to explore and communicate their creative ideas, but often these artworks also incorporate a musical soundtrack. Directors exploring themes of contemporary Aboriginal identity, political issues and popular culture offer a double dose of Indigenous identity when using music from Indigenous musicians. The result, whether fun and lively or solemn and reflective, is the repeated and affirmed presence of first peoples as creators and full participants in the contemporary sphere. Noondaagotoon, or “play it (so it makes sounds)”, is the Anishinabe translation for what we refer to in English as “music,” and when used in the film and video sense can also refer to the incorporation of a musical component in this visual medium to raise Indigenous voices and make a big sound. – Jenny Western

Pow.Wow.Wow / Directed by Lisa Jackson, 2012, Canada, 3:39 min / This piece blends the traditional elements of a female pow-wow dancer with electronic cello music in a cosmic setting, offering a redefinition of what is possible for representations of traditional Aboriginal culture.

I Lost My Shadow / Directed by Nanobah Becker, 2011, Canada,
3:41 min / Blurry cityscapes underscore the ethereal music of Laura Ortman, as familiar figures connect on New York subway platforms then fade back into shadow.

Santa Fe / Directed by Sterlin Harjo, 2010, USA, 4:27 min / A tour through the streets of Santa Fe and the New Mexico landscape with a group of young musicians exploring the aesthetics of this southwestern town and its street-life, including vendors, tourists, and buskers.

Luella / Directed by Sarah Houle, 2012, Canada, 3 min / With music from Sarah Houle’s band Ghostkeeper, Luella goes on a fantastical journey to another world where homemade quilts take the place of grass on a hilly landscape and flying creatures watch over her.

Song for Sagkeeng / Directed by Sagkeeng Anicinabe High School, 2002, Canada, 3:30 min / The Sagkeeng High School students music program created this social awareness music video working with Winnipeg musician Sister Dorothy and composed an original song about their community.

Sopranos Azteca / Directed by Bear Witness, 2012, Canada, 4 min / Remixing sound and images sampled from popular culture, “Sopranos Azteca” delivers a take on issues of colonialism in the media with music by A Tribe Called Red.

Our Lips Are Sealed / Directed by Skawennati, 2003, Canada, 1 min / 80 Minutes, 80 Movies, 80s Music is an ongoing digital-video project which invites Generation X-ers to expose their inner Rock Star.

The Metrosexual Indian / Directed by Terrance Houle, 2005, Canada, 4 min / Slick and sexy, with a coffee in one hand and a cell phone in the other, it’s time to meet the Metrosexual Indian. A film about what it is to be an “Indian” in the 21st century.

Tungijuq / Directed by Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael, 2009, Canada, 5:35 min / Inuit jazz throat-singer Tanya Tagaq and Cannes-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk talk back to Brigitte Bardot and the anti-sealhunting lobby on the eternal reality of hunting.

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? / Directed by Daniel Cheechoo, 2009, Canada, 2:24 min / Shot and cut by on the Little Saskatchewan Indian Reserve, this video offers a glimpse into life on a Manitoban reserve set to the original song “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?” by Lorenzo Leonard.

Good Boy / Directed by North End Arts Centre youth, 2011, Canada, 5 min / Wab Kinew’s song Good Boy, tells the story of Matthew Dumas, who was killed by the Winnipeg Police in 2015. The making of this touching video brought together various community members and calls for a better relationship between Police and the Indigenous community.

Empty / Directed by Jackie Traverse, Canada, 2009, 5 min / This animated and starkly honest story is a daughter’s tribute to her estranged mother.

Noondaagotoon: play it (so it makes sounds) is generously sponsored by Urban Shaman and co-presented by Aboriginal Music Week

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