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The Power Within: Indigenous Canadian Shorts Program

Thursday, April 24 / 7 pm
Curated and introduced by Michelle Latimer

The cultural milieu of Indigenous Canadian artists is uniquely tied to their creative ventures. This collection of shorts from Indigenous visionaries across Canada challenge viewers with stories and perceptions that tenuously balance history and future. Bold and eclectic in form, these courageous narratives celebrate perseverance and the indomitable inner spirit, amidst obstacles both physical and spiritual.

L’Enfance Déracinée (Uprooted Generation) / Directed by Réal Junior LeBlanc, 2013, Canada, 7 min / A young Innu returns to the scene of the Sept-Îles Residential School, in an effort to encourage healing in his community long haunted by ghosts of the past.

A Common Experience / Directed by Shane Belcourt, 2013, Canada, 11 min / Acclaimed playwright Yvette Nolan voices her personal experience in this beautifully poetic and intimate exploration of the multigenerational affects of Canada’s Residential School system.

Snare / Directed by Lisa Jackson, 2013, Canada, 3 min / Evocative and haunting, director Lisa Jackson crafts a stunning performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future illuminated through advocacy and understanding.

Micta / Directed by Élisa Moar, 2012, Canada, 2 min / The story of “The Little Prince” inspires a visual homage worthy of royalty.

Ruptura / Directed by Alejandro Valbuena, 2013, Canada, 13 min / Gorgeous cinematography and passionate choreography come together to
create a visually arresting tale of love cracking under the strain of secrecy.

I Can’t Remember / Directed by Michelle Latimer, 2013, Canada, 4 min / One woman’s haunted past leads her to embark upon a metamorphic journey towards freedom and acceptance.

Totem / Directed by Travis Shilling, Canada, 4 min / A bird’s life is honoured in this delicate expression of remembrance and gratitude.

Sight / Directed by Thirza Cuthand, 2012, Canada, 4 min / Sharpie
markers on Super 8 tell the story of one family’s experience with mental illness and self-induced blindness in this absorbing experimental work.

Vessel / Directed by Terril Calder, 2013, Canada, 4 min / A decaying body reflects the greed and desire of man in this boldly compelling meditation on violence.

Pilgrims / Directed by Marie Clements, 2013, Canada, 7 min / A visceral and haunting visual poem that traverses the underworld to reveal one man’s unsettling journey to his last living moments.

Wakening / Directed by Danis Goulet, 2013, Canada, 9 min / In the aftermath of a brutal military occupation, Cree warrior Weesagechak braves
an apocalyptic war zone to find the ancient Weetigo and possibly end her
people’s suffering and emancipation.

The Power Within is generously sponsored by Urban Shaman and co-presented by ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival

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