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Indigenous short films from canada 

February 20, 2018 / 4:30-5:30PM preceded by nativE talk at 3pm / free

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Presented in celebration and within the framework of the special series Berlinale NATIVe 

with support from



Elder Lena Wandering Spirit recounts her time at Holy Angels, her story taking us on a healing journey that echoes in the dance of Phoenix.


Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Cree/Métis) is a filmmaker and actor from Slave Lake, Alberta, who recorded the private statements of residential school survivors for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which served as the impetus for Holy Angels.

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The moth’s powerful transformational gifts can bring us from one world to the next. The moth brings home 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack and serves for metaphor and call for change in the often fraught relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada.


Terril Calder (Métis) is from Fort Frances, Ontario and currently resides in Toronto. Her animations have screened at festivals internationally including Sundance, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. Her last film, SNIP, premiered at TIFF.


A deeply personal journey through images of blood and land ties, Cuthand contemplates her interactions with racism, mixed-race identity, and the threat of rejection from other Indigenous people, creating 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. 


Seven-year-old Rae looks forward to the birthday party her mother promised but as the day continues, the voices in her mother’s head begin to overtake her, and Rae must confront her mother’s mental illness as the responsibilities of parenting are reversed.  
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk) is an award-winning film and television actress and director. Her roles include the lead in Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013) and The Sun at Midnight (2016). 


The oil boom in North Dakota has attracted thousands of new people, and with them an influx of crime and sex trafficking. This evocative film meditates on Indigenous women’s integral connection to land and the ways in which the extractive industry is directly linked to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women. 
Michelle Latimer (Métis/Algonquin) is the showrunner, director and writer of the Viceland breakout series RISE, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Festival. A Toronto-based filmmaker, showrunner/producer, actor and activist, she had two films in this year’s imagineNATIVE Festival.


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.

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