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INDIGENOUS SHORT FILM PROGRAM: SPIRIT, HEART, MIND, BODY
A cinematic exploration of the medicine wheel, celebrating Indigenous connections to earth and spirit world, family love, politics, and movement - spanning across Turtle Island, Greenland, Aotearoa, and Sápmi. Main themes include survival tactics, reclamation, and renewal. Prepare to laugh, cry, and be inspired. Programmed by Siku Allooloo, ALFF Associate Programmer. *This is a special selection from our two main Indigenous Shorts programs featured online (at https://alff.eventive.org).
THE FOURFOLD by Alisi Telengut (Mongolia/Telengut), 2020, QC, 7 min
A beautiful flowing portrait of animism and shamanic rituals connecting humans to nature in Mongolia and Siberia, through oil pastels mixed with plants.
K’I TAH AMONGST THE BIRCH by Melaw Nakehk'o (Dene), 2020, NWT, 11 min
Filmmaker Melaw Nakehk’o and family spend the pandemic at their camp in the Deh Cho (NT), “getting wood, listening to the wind, staying warm and dry, and watching the sun move across the sky.”
NAJA (LITTLE SISTER) by Marc Fussing Rosbach (Inuit), 2020, GRL, 5 min
Naja flees to the land, where she is joined by two small spirits who help her move on as she transforms into the Northern Lights.
Êmîcêtôsêt: Many bloodlines by Theola Ross (Pimichikamak Cree Nation), 2020, MB, 11 min
A queer, bi-racial couple navigates having a child through the fertility treatment process, while exploring their dynamics of race, culture, class, gender roles in this heartwarming short.
THE KICK by Inuksuk Mackay (Inuit) & Candice Lys (Métis), 2017, NWT, 1 min
A robot, an alien, and a zombie walk into an iglu...
Kōtiro (Daddy's Girl) by Cian Elyse White (Māori), 2020, Aotearoa/NZL, 12 min
A powerful story of the love between a father and daughter and the ability of that bond to remain, even when all else seems lost.
Solidification ᒪᔥᑲᐗᒋ 凝 by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg), Sammy Chien of Chimerik似不像, 2020, ON, 7 min
An ethereal, audiovisual excerpt from Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s new novel, "Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies", set to a wintery soundscape.
Ego of a Nation by Wes Day (Anishinaabe) & Janet Rogers (Mohawk/Tuscarora), 2020, ON, 3 min
A powerful audiovisual poem by Janet Rogers addressing injustice in the Canadian court systems - in particular, the acquittal of Colten Boushie’s murderer Gerald Stanley.
Eatnanvuloš Lottit – Maan sisällä linnut (Birds in the Earth) by Marja Helander (Sámi), 2018, FIN, 11 min
Two sisters dance across urban and rural landscapes to examine Sámi rights and ownership of land in today´s Finland in this gorgeous experimental short.
Nuxalk Radio by Banchi Hanuse (Nuxalk), 2020, BC, 3 min
A day in the life of Nuxalk Radio 91.1 FM (Bella Coola). A radio station built to help keep the Nuxalkmc language alive and broadcast the laws of the lands and waters.
Te Wao Nui by Ngāriki Ngatae (Māori), 2020, Aotearoa/NZL, 11 min
A Māori healer uses traditional medicine to save the last of Aotearoa’s sacred Kauri trees in this beautiful, moving short film connecting spirit to earth.
Suodji (Shelter) by Marja Helander (Sámi), 2020, FIN, 4 min
Filmmaker Marja Helander decides to fool Death, just as her relative Ovllá-Ivvár Helander did in 1918 to survive the Influenza epidemic in Utsjoki, Sápmi.
Content advisories: physical violence, mature themes