Indigenous Perspectives

Louise BigEagle | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
6 minutes

A tender portrait of Armand McArthur, the last fluent speaker of the Nakota language in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan. “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” explains Armand. -SC

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Simon Plouffe | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
77 minutes

Simon Plouffe’s atmospheric and immersive film offers an opportunity to explore the musicality and cultural significance of many Indigenous languages, all of which are at risk of disappearing.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US/Spain/Germany |
 2017-2018 | 
88 minutes

This selection of short films explores the multilayered effects of displacement through a variety of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous-centred stories.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
Georg Koszulinski | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
86 minutes

White Ravens takes us on a remarkable journey to a place of astonishing beauty, but the film maintains its focus on the people who call this extraordinary place home. Their dedication and deep ties to the land give them the strength to fight a Herculean battle. The film shows that the fight is not over for the Haida people, nor for other Indigenous people all over the world.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
Luiz Bolognesi | 
Brazil |
 2018 | 
81 minutes

The Paiter Suruí people, whose territory is located in the Brazilian Amazon, didn’t have contact with the outside world until the late 1960s. Since then their traditional way of life has been threatened by the encroachment of Western values, religion, medicine, and technology. Perpera, an elder who works as a doorman at the local church, recounts how he stopped his shamanism after the village priest denounced the practice as connected to the devil. But Perpera can still speak to the spirits of the forest, and when illness strikes, the community turns to him, seeking his ancestral knowledge.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:15pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US |
 2016-2018 | 
74 minutes

In a journey through light, dust, and snow, this set of formally conscious films reflects on cinema’s ability to reveal histories hidden in physical environments.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:15pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:30pm
Various Directors | 
Canada |
 2017-2018 | 
66 minutes

Whether it’s repurposing archival footage, honouring activism through a monument, or reflecting on the legacy of settler documentation, this selection of short films showcases Indigenous filmmakers reclaiming their images and narratives.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm