MA Documentary Film: Indigenous Cinema from the Native Spirit Festival

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23 May 2018

5pm to 8pm

Wednesday 23 May
Screening Room MLG06
Free and open to all.
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Organised by MA Documentary Film, The Native Spirit Foundation will be screening films that about Indigenity. The programme of short films will begin at 5pm, there will be a Skype Q&A with director Trevor Carrol at 5.40pm and a short break at 6:30pm. See full screening programme below.

Putting on a Pow Wow Keeley Gould, 2014, Native America, USA. 4min Director Keeley Gould documents the largest Native American get-together, which takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico each year.

My Once Life Pamela J. Peters, 2016, Navajo, USA. 4min Winner of the 2016 Button Poetry Video Contest. 12 Native women living in Los Angeles read a video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples.

Returning Elizabeth LaPensée, 2016, Anishinaabe, Métis, Irish, USA. 4min Stories of spacecanoes and dancing forth dimensional space/time travel unravel in this experimental stop motion to 'Trade Song' by the Métis Fiddler Quartet.

Water Is Life Joseph Erb, 2016, Cherokee, USA. 5min An animated film that talks about the issue of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and their struggle to survive as they try to protect the water source into their small nation. Narrated by Lakȟóta Standing Rock Chairman, David Archambault II .

No Reservations Trevor Carroll, 2017, Ojibway, Canada. 11min What if the moccasin was on the other foot? Political satire about Standing Rock starring Lorne Cardinal. Protests erupt as an upper-middle class neighbourhood attempts to thwart the construction of a pipeline by an Indigenous Corporation.

17:40  Skype Q&A Director Trevor Carroll

Death Chill Abraham Cote, 2017, Algonquin, Canada. 2min They say you can catch a 'chill', but what happens when the 'chill' catches you?

2 2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com Thirza Cuthand, 2017, Plains Cree, Scottish, Canada. 5min The culturally appropriate dating website all single Two-Spirit people wish existed. A funny, insightful follow-up to Thirza's video Two-Spirit Introductory Special $19.99. This work examines the forces of capitalism through envisioning a 'financially unfeasible' service for a small minority community.

Breaths... Nyla Innuksuk, 2016, Inuit, Arctic Canada. 5min “The North is the place where I feel I’m completely myself.” In this evocative Short, Inuit singer-songwriter and humanitarian Susan Aglukark weaves together stories of artistry, family, and belonging as she explores the complex cultural shifts of the last 50 years of Inuit life.

Three Thousand Asinnajaq, 2017, Inuk, Canada. 14min (photo credit: header image) Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe – luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recasts the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.

18:30 Break 10min

Mongolian Rhapsody Paddy Hayes, 2015, Galeagh/Mongolia. 38min Irish Fiddler Daire Bracken embarks on a musical pilgrimage to outer Mongolia where he discovers a nomadic tradition stemming the tide of modernity.

The Last Warriors Valentina Ippolito, 2016, Miao, China. 12min Episodic short film exploring the gendering of Miao warrior culture throughout the circle of life.

They Tried to Bury us (Trataron de Enterrarnos) Semillas Collective, 2016, Philippines, Europe, Africa, Mexico, USA. 11min This collaboration between artists, activists, and the Mexica Indigenous Danza community is a call to end Plan Merida, a US program intended to address narcotrafficking in Mexico by supplying weapons and military support to the Mexican government.

Timadin N Rif Nadir Bouhmouch, 2017, Amazigh, Morocco. 8min A visual poem of solidarity to the people of the Rif, from the Movement on Road '96 in Imider. Timnadin is a form of poetry unique to Asamr, SE Morocco.

Participatory Video 2010, Nigeria, Peru, Malawi, India, Rwanda, Uganda, China, South Africa, Ghana. 5min Examples from InsightShare participatory video (PV) projects.

Mobilize Caroline Monnet, 2015, Algonquin, Canada. 3min Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south.