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Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond

Canada, 2015

On the occasion of SFU's 50th Anniversary, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and VLAFF are honoured to co-present this dynamic fourth edition of Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond, a showcase of short films from Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada alongside works by Mixtec and Zapotec filmmakers from Oaxaca, Mexico.

(with $2 VLAFF Membership)

Ecologies of Healing and Knowing

Curated by Sonia Medel in collaboration with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, whose vision is to inspire and connect communities through original, Indigenous film and media arts.

These Aboriginal media artists creatively explore and fuse together Indigenous traditions and ways of knowing, to heal, revision, resist and establish art that is encompassing of the diversity of Indigenous identities and perspectives. The works act as portals into epistemologically plural realities. Viewers are challenged to break free of the cycles of quotidian violence that we are all caught within as a result of colonialism, and seek embodied and experiential ways of relating with each other and the natural environment.

Traditional Healing
2013 | 3 min

Director: Raymond Caplan (Listuguj), from the Micmac Nation

A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle occurs.

Apikiwiyak (Coming Home)
2014 | 13 min

Directors: Shane Belcourt (Métis) & Maria Campbell (Métis & Cree)

Violence against Indigenous women has occurred for hundreds of years and is now ever present. This work holds out a mirror for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to peer into the brutal legacy of colonial violence.

NiiPii (Water)
2012 | 6 min

Director: Jules Arita Koostachin (Cree), from the Attawapiskat Nation

Trapped in a dream state, a Cree woman faces her fears through the traditional water teachings of her culture.

2014 | 9 min

Director: Amanda Strong (Métis)

Hand-crafted, stop motion figures come to life in this dreamlike world in which a confined woman is liberated by Grandmother Spider while opaque memories are projected in an effort to restore her spirit as life nears its end.

Onickakw! (Wake up!)
2014 | 5 min

Director: Sipi Flamand (Manawan), from the Atikamekw-Nebirowisiw Nation

Through an analysis of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and dominant Canadian settler society, this short is a call for action within Indigenous communities.

The Orphan and the Polar Bear
2013 | 9 min

Director: Neil Christopher, from Nunavut

A neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder, who teaches him the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.

Mob Medicine
2015 | 13 min

Director: Bracken Hanuse Corlett, from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations & Amanda Strong, (Métis)

Mob Medicine is a short documentary featuring Craig Frank Eades (The Northwest Kid) and Travis Hebert (Heebz the Earthchild). Together they form the Alter-Native Hip Hop Duo known as Mob Bounce, and travel the land communicating their message of cultural reclamation, sustainability and unity in movement. As individuals and as a collective they focus on creating social and environmental awareness through the arts and strive to connect with youth by providing tools to express and reclaim culture so they can pick it up, own it, move forward with it and fit where they exist today.  

7:00 pm|SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (GCA)
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