Indigenous Spotlight

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 | 11:30 AM | 45 mins | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE
MONDAY, APRIL 3 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | 40 mins | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE

In English, French and Atikamekw with English subtitles.

From the Andes to Canada, some of the most interesting filmmaking around the world is coming from the resilient Indigenous communities that are making themselves heard. This year’s program is no exception.

R2R is proud to work with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as our Program Consultant for the Indigenous Spotlight.

Themes: critical thinking, family, nature, identity, cultural preservation, music

Recommended for grades 4-7 (ages 9+)

This program screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY! and REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

Hila

An Inuit woman becomes the first person to ever be featured in a choreographed snowshoe dance video.

Mia'

A young Indigenous street artist paints scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people. Lacking cultural resources, she paints these images from intuition and blood memory. She has not heard the stories from her Elders lips, but has found her own methods to rediscover them. Following a personal transformation via the vessel of a salmon, Mia struggles through polluted waters, witnessing the industrial impact on her home and nature.

Nothing About Moccasins

Rien sur les mocassins

In French and Atikamekw with English subtitles.

Telling a story that can't be told, Eden Mallina Awashish’s inventive documentary reveals the importance of a pair of familial moccasins, and offers a new dimension to understanding heritage. Awashish’s storytelling centers on the idea of cultural loss and creates a record of the resolve to protect Atikamekw tradition.

Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits

Two Spirit people embody the strength of both female and male spirits, and they were revered by many First Nations. Under Canada's residential school program, Indigenous children were removed from their homes and severely punished for speaking their mother tongue. Subsequently, cultural knowledge and many cultural teachings were lost. Duane Stewart-Grant, from the X̌ à’islak’ala (Haisla) and nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) First Nations, shares his experience of reclaiming culture and language which is a pivotal step in embracing his queer identity.

The Owl And The Lemming

In the tradition of Inuit oral storytelling, a young owl is ready to eat the lemming he found for dinner, but will the clever lemming have the last laugh? Viewers may be familiar with the classic Co Hoedeman adaptation of the story; in this updated version, the audience is invited to take on the lemming’s perspective.

Way of Giants

Caminho dos Gigantes

No dialogue.

In her search for purpose, six-year-old Oquirá confronts the cycle of life and the concept of destiny. As she embarks in the task of building a wind instrument, the role of music gains increasing importance in the story. A master of ancient Andean music, Tito la Rosa composed and recorded the score using handmade Inca and Andean instruments — most of which La Rosa and his son made following Andean tradition.