imagineNATIVE showcases a selection of shorts recognized with Awards during Sunday afternoon’s Awards Presentation. This Screening is FREE and the selected works being shown will be announced Sunday immediately following the Awards Presentation through imagineNATIVE’s website and social media.
Sgaawaay K’uuna - executive produced by the legendary Zacharias Kunuk - is unlike any you have ever seen or heard. It makes history as the first Haida-language feature film and marks the first narrative feature film for both directors. imagineNATIVE is thrilled to present this electrifying and riveting story as our Closing Night Gala.
As part of our commitment to developing and maintaining Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), imagineNATIVE presents our first "Relaxed Screening" at the Festival. This is one of our first steps in a multi-year commitment to enhancing accessibility at imagineNATIVE. These screenings allow those allows guests with various accessibility needs to have a positive sensory friendly and inclusive environment at the Festival.
Memory, culture and identity are often intertwined within a societal pursuit to archive, collect, transcribe or interpret. This collection of films explores the process of archiving and contemplates what - or who - is an “object” and “subject”, meanings of which can at times be an act of captivity and other times an act of freedom.
The visual storytellers/filmmakers in this programme come from the full spectrum, ranging from experienced filmmakers to the newly graduated from film school. While making selections, curator Dorothy Christian agonized over the conventional genres of filmmaking and what they mean to the filmmakers themselves. Wondering from our Indigenous perspective, what and how would we categorize our visual storytelling? That said, Dorothy Christian characterized the films under an expansive umbrella of “social, political, and cultural” concerns of Indigenous peoples, with sub-themes of “lands and waters” and “spiritual and personal experiences”.
This suspense-filled sci-fi adventure for all ages draws on Greenlandic culture, myth, folklore and legends, with a healthy dose of humour. When Nukappi (Casper Bach Zeeb) begins to have strange dreams he does not understand, he and his childhood friend Mio find themselves swept up in a world of Angakkoq (shaman), sorcerers, and evil spirits. When Nukappi is told he is one of the last remaining Angakkoq in Greenland, the stage is set for a future he never envisioned and a power he must learn to yield. After discovering the Tarratta Nunaanni, a dark parallel world that threatens their own, the guys become key players in an epic battle between good and evil with our reality hanging in the balance.
These shorts from Indigenous filmmakers in Canada explore the past, present and future and our connection to land, space, time, and each other. Using experimental, drama and animated stories, they imagine a better world for the future.
Standing the Middle features portraits and gatherings from a range of perspectives where Marjorie Beaucage stands as witness and conveys important moments for women and Indigenous people. This program features only a few of her many documentary works attendant to social and environmental concerns here on Turtle Island and around the globe.
Indigenous nations share many beautiful and profound similarities. Unfortunately, there is also a shared history of destructive colonial and assimilationist policies that have persisted. From residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, the Stolen Generation, and the current foster care system, these government decisions continue to inflict intergenerational trauma on our families and communities. Governments may apologise for the offense, but what is stopping them from doing it again?
The spirit of the athlete - in all its sporting and cultural embodiments - is contemplated in this collection of short films. From bareback horse riding to race car driving, in the water or on the land, Indigenous bodies are a beautiful force of motion in a variety of physical and cultural arenas.
The influence of Christianity has had an immense impact on Indigenous worldviews concerning sexuality in general, and sexual and gender diversity specifically. As a result, certain members of our communities such as women, two-spirit people, and sex workers face multiple intersecting forms of discrimination and oppression. Through exploration of topics such as access to culture and community, navigation of family dynamics, and empowered sexuality, the works in this programme resist stigma, claim space, and look damn fierce while doing it.
Indigenous screen-based work often addresses traumatic and emotional subject matter. Tasha Hubbard’s latest documentary, Life & Death in the Prairies (currently in post-production), is an intimate exploration of the history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in the Prairies in relation to the death of Colten Boushie in 2016.
In Her Own Words (Programme Length: 82 minutes) - Beginning with Marjorie Beaucage’s first film then into a film about her family, this program presents her early filmic style, family connections and Métis culture.
Wiñaypacha is a deeply emotional experience and features stunning cinematography that must be seen on the big screen. This landmark film is the first feature filmed entirely in the Aymara language and has swept awards at festivals around the world. The story of Willka and Phaxsi (Sun and Moon in Aymara) will touch your heart and soul.
Internal and external landscapes collide in this program of experimental works. Seemingly disparate, yet ultimately related themes of memory, origin, myth, grief, land use, gender - and the study of primordial forms of matter - are all addressed. The end result is an evocative and engaging pondering of the unifying questions: Who are we? Where have we been? Where are we going?
Every action has a response that can leave a deep impact. This collection of short films explores the connections between our actions and the impacts they make on the lives of others, and ourselves. Whether misguided, innocent, violent, or whimsical, the cause most certainly does have an affect.
Filled with drama, humour, and beautiful storytelling, Toyon Kyyl is the latest dramatic film from the Sakha Republic which has emerged as a hotbed of independent - and Indigenous - filmmaking in Russia. With a 100% Indigenous cast and crew, Toyon Kyyl is a remarkable achievement and recently won the top film prize at the Moscow International Film Festival.
Join Alanis Obomsawin for a compelling discussion on her perspectives on the current state of Indigenous screen production and what she envisions and hopes for the future. This panel will feature a sneak peek at her documentary currently in production.