Conor McNally | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
40 minutes

Drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, ôtênaw is a philosophical and creative treatment of land rights, territory, history and culture. As Dr. Dwayne Donald leads a walking tour of amiskwaciwâskahikan (now the city of Edmonton), talking about the history of the land and the people who lived there, the layers of human habitation slowly reveal themselves. A powerful example of 4th Cinema, Conor McNally’s film incorporates archival photos, animation, and 16mm footage into a palimpsest of human existence, scored with language and memory. -DW


Conor McNally

Conor McNally is Métis and based in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. Bypassing formal film training, Conor creates works though a combination of instinct, hands-on trial and error, and a keen ability to make friends who are talented and helpful. He has made numerous short films, with his most recent being ôtênaw (2017). Conor McNally is a proud father, a consummate garlic grower, and a yerba mate connoisseur.

Screening With
Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell | 
Canada |
 1969 | 
36 minutes