Indigenous Showcase (CFFS 2018)

Sat, Jan 27, 2018 @ 7 PM
Sat, Feb 3, 2018 @ 7 PM

Ages 9+. 53 min.

Presented with Longhouse Media! This program tells stories by Indigenous filmmakers throughout North America, including beautifully animated tales, charming traditional tales, and powerful and stirring documentaries.

Short Films in this Program:

 

The Mountain of SGaana

West Coast premiere! As a young fisherman cruises along a rugged shoreline, a tiny mouse in Haida regalia appears and starts to knit a blanket. A story unfolds on the blanket as it grows longer, illustrating the ancient tale of Haida master sea hunter Naa-Naa-Simgat and his beloved, Kuuga Kuns. Watch the trailer >

(Christopher Auchter, Haida Gwaii/Canada, animation, 2017, 10 min, nonverbal)

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

A lemming and an Arctic hare, decide to spend the day fishing. The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those who live in the Arctic. The hare, however, is a very impatient fellow.

(Nadia Mike, Canada, animation, 2017, 5 min, English)

River

In this political and poetic documentary, two young Innu woman make a passionate plea to address the environmental dangers affecting Innu territory and protecting the rivers, the “ancestors’ highways,” which are so important to Aboriginal identity.

(Uapukun Mestokosho, Shanice Mollen-Picard, Canada, 2015, live-action, 6 min, French/Innu)

Thunderbird Strike

US premiere! The ones who come as lightning answer the calls of help from the animals and the people, as a snake that threatens to swallow life whole tightens its grip on lands and waters running from the Alberta Tar Sands to the Great Lakes in North America.

(Elizabeth LaPensée, Anishinaabe/Métis/Canada, 2017, animation, 1:30 min, nonverbal)

My Father’s Tools

In honor of his father, Stephen continues the production of traditional baskets. He thus finds peace in his studio, in connection with the man who taught him the work.

Watch the trailer >

(Heather Condo, Mi’gmaq/Canada, 2016, live-action, 6:23 min, nonverbal)

Dislocation Blues

A portrait of reflections from Standing Rock. Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences entering, being at, and leaving the camp and the difficulties and the reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye. Terry Running Wild describes what his camp is like, and what he hopes it will become.

Watch an excerpt >

(Sky Hopinka, Ho-Chunk/USA, 2017, live-action, 19 min, English)

ZAASAAKWE (Shout with Joy)

In this uplifting celebration of life, a young woman calls upon Indigenous people to embrace their history while coming together to strengthen their ties within the community.

(Madison Thomas, Ojibwe/Saulteaux/Canada, 2017, live-action, 5 min, English)