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In these troubled and lopsided times, we need our storytellers to help us understand our inheritance, be it pain or privilege, and to lay the intellectual and emotional groundwork not only for reconciliation, but for reparation and restoration. Dene/Métis writer-director Marie Clements (whose previous films The Road Forward and Red Snow were both ALFF selections) squares up to the challenge with this bold, necessarily harrowing tale of oppression and resilience which spans the greater part of the 20th century.
In English, Cree, ʔayʔajuθəm, and Italian with English subtitles
This programme contains scenes that may distress some viewers, especially those who have experienced harm, abuse, violence, and/or intergenerational trauma due to colonial practices. Support is available 24 hours a day for anyone affected by their experience at residential schools and for those who may be triggered by content dealing with residential schools, child abuse, emotional trauma, and racism. The national Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available at 1-866-925-4419.
This event includes a 30- minute performance by Indigenous multidisciplinary artist Jeremy Parkin performing a live music set before the film, and will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers in attendance.
Jeremy Parkin is an indigenous artist, producer, and performer from the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Blending influences from artists such as Shlohmo, Burial, Nosaj Thing, and SBTRKT; Jeremy creates detailed and textured soundscapes to paint vivid pictures throughout his music. In the summer of 2022, he received a nomination for "Producer of the Year" at the International Indigenous Hip Hop awards, and saw production placements for Toronto MCs Papito Scotti and ALLSVNS, as well as Youtuber / Comedian Kurtis Conner. Aside from collaborating with many hip hop artists and creating self released work, Jeremy is also one half of the producer and MC duo known as "LOCAL BOY" with Kelvin Smoler. Jeremy produced the entirety of LOCAL BOY's 2022 EP release titled "ONE FOR JAMES".