The Art Gallery of Southwestern Mantioba is excited to host a screening showcasing short videos produced by artists from the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival titled "Bodies, Memories, + Times." This screening program is presented as part of the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour is one of imagineNATIVE's largest initiatives outside of our annual Festival. The Tour brings Indigenous-made film and video works, community engagement activities, and youth workshops to communities across Canada.
Tsanizid (Wake Up)
, Beric Manywounds, 6 min
Director, performer and storyteller, Beric Manywounds mesmerizes viewers as he leads us, through dance, on a Two-Spirit transformation journey.
Beric Manywounds (Tsuut'ina/Anishnaabe) is a Two-Spirit filmmaker, performer, and storyteller.
Thirza Cuthand is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act, Thirza Cuthand, 8 minAs a light-skinned Cree woman, Thirza Cuthand takes us on a deeply personal journey through images of blood ties and land ties. She contemplates her interactions with racism, mixed-race identity, and the threat of rejection from other Indigenous people, while making a searing commentary on historical trauma and ongoing survival.
Thirza Jean Cuthand (Plains Cree/Scottish) is an award-winning filmmaker who has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race since 1995. Her works have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including Tribeca, Hot Docs, and Oberhausen.
Occupation of Memory, Jade Baxter, 5 min
The scars of colonial memory are written into Indigenous lands. Here poetic images offer a powerful and quiet narrative to question the viewer’s relationship to the occupied landscape, specifically in the Nlaka'pamux Nation.
Jade Baxter (Nlaka'pamux) uses both documentary and fiction in her work, focusing on the importance of Indigenous narratives, identity and representation.
ôtênaw, Conor McNally, 40 min
A meditative and captivating work that follows the oral storytelling of Dwayne Donald, an educator from Edmonton, as he draws from Nêhiyawak philosophies speaking about the multilayered histories of Indigenous peoples' presence both within and around Amiskwacîwâskahikan, now known as the City of Edmonton. This captivating work reveals the buried stories that lay beneath our cityscapes.
Conor McNally (Métis/Otipemisiwak) is a filmmaker based in Edmonton. He creates works through a combination of instinct and hands-on trial and error. Conor is also a proud father and a garlic grower.
Creatura Dada, Caroline Monnet, 4 min
Six powerful Native women gather to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.
Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec currently based in Montréal. She is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her short films have screened at prominent festivals worldwide including TIFF, Sundance, and the Berlinale. She was twice nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for her short films Roberta (commissioned by imagineNATIVE) and Tshiuetin. She is currently developing her first feature film entitled Bootlegger.
Asinnajaq, 14 min
Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.
This is the first film by Asinnajaq (Inuk) who has also guest curated Channel 51: Igloolik, imagineNATIVE 2017’s spotlight on 30 years of Inuit video art.