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First Eyes: Canadian Aboriginal Short Films

This screening took place on
Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 9:00pm
Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

In collaboration with the Adaka Cultural Festival 2015, YFS is presenting films about Aboriginal experiences and films made by Aboriginal filmmakers from June 27th - June 30. All Adaka screenings are free admission. The FIRST EYES screening is a stunning collection of contemporary films by Canadian Aboriginal filmmakers and artists. The program is guest curated by Michelle Latimer who is a Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, curator and senior programmer for the ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. Michelle also programs for the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and is a programming advisor for Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque and Victoria Film Festival. This program also includes a short film directed by Michelle and this was selected for inclusion by Yukon Film Society. "In the past decade there has been an explosion of work surrounding Aboriginal issues and themes, created by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. This movement has been critically described as an Indigenous New Wave, and it offers a re-examination of how traditional customs are portrayed and misportrayed in the media. All of these films make bold statements that reflect upon society and the role First Peoples’ have played in its evolution. The work you will see here represents a form of reclamation. It’s bravely distinct, contemporary in approach and undeniably authentic; remarkable stories told from the inside out." — Michelle Latimer FIRST EYES screening programme: Indigo, Amanda Strong, BC, 9m, Animation After years of repression, an old woman’s common sense goes head-to-head with the fantastic imagination of her inner child, who yearns to be free. Bhittos (Rebel), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Canada/Norway, 14m, Documentary Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into her parents’ mythic love story that spanned continents and activist movements, united Indigenous cultures and resulted in the birth of two mixed-race children. A Common Experience, Shane Belcourt, ON, 11m, Drama Acclaimed playwright Yvette Nolan voices her personal experience in this beautifully poetic and intimate exploration of the multigenerational effects of Canada’s residential school system. Snare, Lisa Jackson, BC, 3.5m, Performance Spare and visually arresting, SNARE is a performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against aboriginal women, as well as the possibility of healing and grace Roberta, Caroline Monnet, Quebec, 9m, Drama Housewife and grandmother Roberta struggles to fit the conformist society she lives in and turns to amphetamines to cure her boredom. Aviliaq, Alethea Amaquq-Baril, NU, 15m, Drama Set in a 1950’s Inuit community, Aviliaq tells the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders. Vessel, Terril Calder, Ontario, 1m, Animation A decaying body reflects the greed and desire of man in this boldly compelling meditation on violence. The Underground, Michelle Latimer, Ontario, 13.5m, Live Action & Animation A young Iranian man struggles to fit into a new culture, his poverty and isolation leading him to imagine himself as an insect, absorbing the world through its senses. Inspired by Rawi Hage’s bestselling novel Cockroach, this visceral tale of alienation and delirium creates a magical-realist aesthetic that is both gritty and poetic Wakening, Danis Goulet, Ontario, 9m, Drama 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. Thanks to the Dawson City International Film Festival who presented this program of films at their 2015 festival and have loaned YFS the prints for this screening.
  • Directed by Amanda Strong, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Shane Belcourt, Lisa Jackson, Caroline Monnet, Alethea Amaquq-Baril, Terril Calder, Michelle Latimer, Danis Goulet
  • 2012-2014, Canada
  • 90 minutes

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