Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas

Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas

Ali Kazimi
Canada
1997
56 minutes

A journey full of quiet insights and surprising twists, Shooting Indians begins with Ali Kazimi, a newly arrived student in Canada, unraveling the hidden history of the land he has chosen as his new home.

Kazimi takes interest in the career of his friend and colleague, Iroquois photographer Jeffrey Thomas. Through the work of early American photographer Edward Curtis, Thomas became inspired to examine how Indigenous peoples have been photographed. Woven throughout the film is Kazimi’s exploration of the irony of an Indian from India making a film about a North American Indian. -KO

Ali Kazimi and Jeffrey Thomas are both recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.