Marie Clements’ musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.
Discover dynamic Indigenous voices through films made by First Nations youth from coast to coast. DOXA and VPL are happy to copresent an eye-opening program of curated fi lms by Wapikoni Mobile that will reveal unique stories, incredible talent, and powerful voices throughout Canada’s Indigenous communities.
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.
From chopping wood in the forest to hand-weaving bark in the studio, Steven Jerome, a Mi’gmaq man from Gesgapegiag, Quebec, honours his ancestors and future generations by demonstrating the delicate art of basket making. -SC
On December 18, 1968, members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community blockaded the international bridge near Cornwall, Ontario. The intent was to bring public attention to treaty violations by the Canadian government. A young Mohawk chief named Mike Mitchell narrates throughout, explaining that things got off to a rocky start when no one remembered to bring scotch tape to post notices of the blockade.
The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of natural gas deposits has become one of the most preeminent issues in the argument between natural resource profits versus environmental preservation. Some see it as a means of providing jobs, while others see it as an enormous risk to human and environmental health, including soil and water.
In 2014, activists, ranging from new Canadians to First Nations people, ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. They were willing to do whatever it took to prevent the project from going forward; a critical necessity in their eyes, if the earth was to be preserved for future generations.
From the opening guitar thunder of Link Wray’s smash hit, you know you are in for a wild ride. Directors Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun) and Alfonso Maiorana have assembled a veritable who’s who in the music business, from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler to attest to the pivotal role that First Nations artists played in the development of Blues, Rock and Funk.
Like the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago where the film is set, Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth is a complex mix; at once hopeful and celebratory, but interwoven with notes of hardship and despair. The film examines how former plantation fields are now used for open air field- testing of restricted-use pesticides.