Nosisim (My Grandchild)

Sonya Ballantyne (Cree)
Canada | 2017 | 10 min | English | Short Documentary | Toronto Premiere

Sun Oct 21 2:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Part of

Director Sonya Ballantyne learns of her grandmother’s traumatic past when she finds a pen and ink drawing titled 'Virginia and Gladys' by the legendary Daphne Odjig The image is a masterful rendition of Sonya’s mother and grandmother just before the forced relocation of the Chemawawin people due to the construction of a hydroelectric dam. Through this deeply personal image as subject, Sonya is able to form an intimate (re)connection with her past.

Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker from Misipawistik Cree Nation. Sonya won the 2014 Emerging Filmmaker Pitch Competition at Gimli Film Festival for Crash Site and won the 2016 Short Film Pitch at imagineNATIVE Film Festival with Eagle Girl. She recently spoke at We Day Manitoba about Indigenous Media Representation.