A collection of films curated by Chris Reed with the intention of uprooting the ideals and preconceptions placed on young Indigenous people. Through joy, community care, and resilience, we find a beautifully complex new identity that can reshape a narrative most often dominated by racist viewpoints. Come celebrate and revel in nostalgia, suspense, and abstract thinking as we delve into this series.
Urban.Indigenous.Proud: Places to Gather and Learn
Follow a day in the lives of students at N’Swakamok Alternative School, a supportive and culturally activated space to gain life skills and pursue academic and personal goals. Places to Gather and Learn emphasizes the value and necessity of Indigenous alternative and community spaces.
Told in one continuous shot over a single evening, Parker and his boyfriend, Darren, make a disturbing discovery on their way to Parker’s late kokum’s cabin, setting the stage for how the night will unfold.
Writer/Director Rylan Friday will participate in the post-film discussion.
Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics
Embodied in the life of a precocious Métis baby, Meneath: The Hidden Island of Ethics dives deeply into the innate contrast between the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride and Envy) and the Seven Sacred Teachings (Love, Respect, Wisdom, Courage, Truth, Honesty and Humility). Terril Calder’s darkly beautiful stop-motion animation reveals Baby Girl’s inner turmoil with unflinching honesty, unearthing a hauntingly familiar yet hopeful world that illuminates the bias of colonial systems.
Writer/Director/Animator Terril Calder will participate in the post-film discussion.
Set on the Grand Pine Indian Reservation, aka “Reservation X”, investigator Honey Moccasin examines the rivalry between two bars, The Smokin’ Moccasin and The Inukshuk Cafe, as well as the exploits of powwow clothing thief and closeted drag queen Zachary John. Honey Moccasin combines elements of melodrama, performance art, cable access, and ‘whodunit’ to question conventions of ethnic and sexual identity as well as film narrative.