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ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival on Tour

  • Queen Square Gallery 1 North Square Cambridge, ON, N1S 2K6 Canada (map)

November 13 & 14, 2018
Queen's Square Gallery


The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous film festival and one of Canada’s most successful Indigenous-run arts organizations. Their Tour is one of their most important projects and it’s their goal to ensure that Indigenous people in Canada have access to films and media art made by Indigenous artists. Indigenous people are often unrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream media including film and television. It is incredibly empowering to see self-determined representations of Indigenous people made by Indigenous people.

This film series at Cambridge Art Galleries is generously funded by the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:00pm
Kayak to Klemtu (2017, 1 hour 30 minutes): 14-year-old Ella is determined to travel the length of the Inside Passage, along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline that would see oil tanker traffic through her beloved homeland waters. She’s prepared to handle all of the challenges the wildlife, the weather, the water, and her gear have to offer up. The most challenging of all is that she has to bring her dysfunctional family with her. Her neurotic aunt, her cranky uncle, her wayward cousin, and the memory of her late uncle all come along for the ride to make it a fun and amazing adventure. From Tla'Amin to Klemtu, BC, this family navigates their blend of cultures and desires, while their spirits honour the coast as a place for each of us to call home and protect.

Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk) was born in Bella Bella, a Heiltsuk fishing village on the coast of B.C., home to her mother and maternal family, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. She now lives in her father’s community of Six Nations, where she is raising her son, and where she teaches the Mohawk language online to students across Turtle Island. Zoe is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. She was a member of both iterations of imagineNATIVE’s groundbreaking Embargo Collective in 2009 and 2014 and she also has her first virtual reality work in imagineNATIVE this year.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 1:00pm
Short film series:
Holy Angels (2017, 13 minutes): On the outskirts of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, stands Holy Angels Residential School, an ominous brick building, built in 1874. Using Holy Angels as a backdrop, filmmaker Jay Cardinal Villeneuve takes us on a healing journey that combines the stories of Elder Lena Wandering Spirit and the dance of Phoenix, a young girl who is the same age now that Lena was during her captivity at Holy Angels.
Directed by Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (Cree/Métis) 

KEEWAYDAH (2017, 9 minutes): In 1966, Canada's first inquest into the treatment of First Nations children in residential schools took place. The hearing emerged from the tragic death of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Anishinabe boy who ran away from an abusive school and froze to death alone in the bush. Decades later Chanie's legacy endures.
Directed by Terril Calder (Métis) 

Three Thousand (2017, 14 minutes): Inuit artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.
Directed by Asinnajaq (Inuk)

Kéwku (2017, 10 minutes): Using the backdrop of traditional Shuswap territory in British Columbia’s interior as both physical and symbolic landscape, Kéwku weaves the tumultuous life experiences of Shuswap elder Ralph Phillips to his relationship with the healing medicine sage.
Directed by Sean Stiller (Secwepemc)

Lelum' (2017, 9 minutes): Lelum' (the Hul'qumi'num word for ‘home’) is a short documentary that portrays the strength and beauty of the land from the perspectives of Indigenous youth.
Directed by Asia Youngman (Cree/Iroquois/Carrier/Métis)

Creatura Dada (2017, 4 minutes): Six powerful native women gather up to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.
Directed by Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00pm
Falls Around Her (2018, 1 hour 30 minutes): Legendary singer, Mary Birchbark (Tantoo Cardinal), abandons a life of fame and fortune to follow the instinctual pull that calls her home to her First Nation. Desiring to reconnect with land and her community, she returns to the beautiful woods of her reserve to seek solitude in an isolated cabin. But as the slow change of seasons marks her thirst for transformation, she begins to have the unsettling feeling that she is being watched and quickly finds that doors to the past are not so easily shut.

Darlene Naponse (Ojibway) is a writer, director, and video artist whose work, including the award-winning film Every Emotion Costs, has toured cross Canada and internationally including the Sundance Film Festival and the American Indian Film Festival. Darlene is committed to social consciousness, her environmental footprint, youth advocacy and governance work within her community. Falls Around Her is Darlene’s third narrative feature film.

Earlier Event: November 10
Art$Pay Annual Members Show and Sale
Later Event: November 20
Celebration of Art