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12th Native Spirit Indigenous Film Festival 2018 - CANADA ACTIVISTS & ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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"I think we're really on the precipice of entering what might be the first true golden age of Indigenous cinema." Jesse Wente, Anishinaabe writer, film curator.

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12th Native Spirit Film Festival of Indigenous Cinema: Canada

Native Spirit Film Festival 2018 present a rare opportunity to see International Indigenous Filmmakers with a focus on independent films and Shorts from Canada based around the theme Activists and Architects of Change, our special guest, acclaimed director, writer, advocate for social change Jules Koostachin (Cree from Moshkekowok territory, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation) presents her film Butterfly Monument and  discusses her work in conversation with Filmmaker and Lecturer Max Carocci

10-1.30pm  Session I

Selection of Shorts from Mobile Production Team Wapikoni Mobile, Quebec. The selection of works, with their intriguing stories and cared images (both photographic and animated), is aimed at discovering dynamic Indigenous voices, unique point of views as well as incredible talents stemming straight from indigenous communities.

PHARMALARM Dir Sera-Lys McArthur, 2017, Nakota, Canada. 6min
Karen is a pharmaceutical sales representative with an expensive habit to support. Will Dr. Brule be her knight in a shining lab coat?

2-5pm  Session II

BUTTERFLY MONUMENT Dir Jules Koostachin, Rick Miller, 2017, Cree, Canada. 29min
Butterfly Monument documents the creation a public memorial dedicated to the late Shannen Koostachin, a young Cree education advocate from Attawapiskat First Nation, Moskekowok territory. Through personal stories shared by Shannen's immediate family we learn about who Shannen was and what motivated her passionate crusade for equitable access to education for Indigenous children and youth. The film also documents director Jules Koostachin's efforts to lead the community campaign that made this public monument to her young relation a reality. Shannen was a trailblazer with Canada's largest youth-led activist group when she sadly passed away at the young age of 15. Her legacy is kept active by Shannen's Dream, a national campaign for improved First Nation schooling. The Butterfly Monument, Canada's first public monument honouring a Cree youth is located on the traditional territories of Timiskaming First Nation, in the City of Temiskaming Shores, Ontario.

2.30pm Director Q&A Jules Koostachin and panel with Max Carocci

3pm TURNING TABLES   Dir Chrisann Hessing  2018, Anishinaabe, Canada. 16min
In his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Joshua DePerry is known in the Anishinaabe community as a colourful ‘fancy dancer’ who impressively integrates contemporary dance moves at traditional pow wows. In Toronto, he is known as Classic Roots, an up-and-coming music producer and DJ who blends Indigenous sounds with modern techno and house music. His vibrant and optimistic personality is invigorating, and is particularly effective in First Nations communities, where he often works to encourage creativity and a greater sense of self-confidence in the youth. While he is deeply rooted in his identity and his community, he is ready to soar to new heights as an artist. He dreams of taking off to Berlin, the techno capital of the world, and prepares to take his career as an educator and entertainer to the next level.

TBC Q&A Director Chrisann Hessing and Writer DJ Joshua "Classic Roots" DePerry

NO RESERVATIONS Dir 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.





4.35pm ANAIYYUN: PRAYER FOR THE WHALE  Dir Kiliii Yuyan, 2018, Iñupiaq, Alaska, 8min
The story of an Iñupiaq whaling crew, living where the vast plain of ice meets the waters of the Arctic Ocean. During whaling, their lives are interminable periods of silent observation, punctuated by moments of terror. The ice hides its dangers—desperately hungry polar bears hunting humans, massive icequakes when sheets of ice collide. Here on the sea ice, the Iñupiaq wait for the whale. When the whale does offer itself, it will take the courage and skill of the whaling crew, riding on the icy waters of the Arctic by a skinboat, to catch it. But in the long moments standing on the ice, protected from the wind inside a fur-lined parka, a timeless gratitude develops. In those moments, the patient act of waiting transforms into a prayer for the whale.

4.45pm TBC THREE THOUSAND Dir Asinnajaq, 2017, Inuk, Canada. 14min (photo credit header image)
In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light.
Diving into the NFB’s vast archive, she parses the complicated cinematic representation of the Inuit, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and work by Indigenous filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibilities.


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12th Native Spirit Film Festival 11-21 October 2018

Special thanks to Human Rights Consortium SAS, SOAS, BIMI, Bloomsbury Festival, The Crypt Gallery and XXL gratitude to the Filmmakers, Artists, Speakers and all volunteers and supporters who help promote Indigenous Cinema and make this festival happen.

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BIMI (Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image)
Birkbeck Cinema
43 Gordon Square
WC1H 0PD London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 20 October 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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