Thirza Cuthand Is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act

Thirza Cuthand | CANADA | 2017 | 8 MIN | Experimental

Friday 20 October 2017 | 3:45 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
Ontario Premiere

Screening as part of Receptors

As 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. She has two works in this year’s Festival.