#Indigeneity 2S

A selection of six Indigiqueer shorts showcasing strong female-identifying and non-binary directors in the Indigenous and Queer community.

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Our Indigenous Curator, Rylan Friday, has programmed six shorts for our September #Indigeneity 2S event.

These Indigiqueer films showcase strong female-identifying and non-binary directors in the Indigenous and Queer community.

We’ll be hosting a live Q&A with filmmakers Thirza Cuthand, Jazmine Smith, Martin Morberg, and Sage Lacerte from community cause, Moose Hide Campaign, on September 17th at 6pm PT.

I Like Girls — Diane Obomsawin

First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions, and confusing issues of identity. In her trademark playful style, Quebec cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin adapts her graphic novel for the screen, using endearing anthropomorphic figures to tell poignant real-life stories of love.

Woman Dress — Thirza Cuthand

Pre-contact, a Two Spirit person named Woman Dress travels the Plains, gathering and sharing stories. Featuring archival images and dramatized re-enactments, this film shares a Cuthand family oral story, honouring and respecting Woman Dress without imposing colonial binaries on them.

First Stories – Two Spirited — Sharon A. Desjarlais

First Stories – Two Spirited presents the empowering story of Rodney “Geeyo” Poucette’s struggle against prejudice in the Indigenous community as a two-spirited person (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender).

I Am Me — Jazmine Smith

Jazmine grew up in Flying Dust, Saskatchewan as a boy who felt out of place… until discovering makeup, which helped her transition and begin her journey into womanhood. This is a story of acceptance, self-love and jewelry.

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) — Amanda Strong

In this mesmerizing stop-motion short film from acclaimed director Amanda Strong, an Indigenous youth joins forces with a 10,000-year-old Sasquatch to revive ceremonial sap harvesting in suburban Ontario.

HIV: Healing Inner Voices — Jada-Gabrielle Pape and Martin Morberg

Through the lived experiences and voices of eight Indigenous people living with HIV, this poetic short documentary combines storytelling and the healing power of Indigenous culture to reflect on the realities of stigma and discrimination for Indigenous people.

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A portion of ticket sale revenue will be donated to the Moose Hide Campaign.

The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and boys who are standing up against violence towards women and children.

On an early 2011 August morning, an Indigenous man named Paul Lacerte and his daughter Raven were hunting moose near the infamous Highway of Tears, a section of highway between Prince George and Prince Rupert, BC, where dozens of women have gone missing or been found murdered. They had brought down a moose that would help feed the family for the winter and provide a moose hide for cultural purposes.

As the daughter was skinning the moose her father started thinking… They were so near the highway that has brought so much sorrow to the communities along its endless miles, here with his young daughter who deserved a life free of violence… That’s when the idea sprang to life! What if they used the moose hide to inspire men to become involved in the movement to end violence towards women and children? Together with family and friends they cut up the moose hide into small squares and started the Moose Hide Campaign.

Now, nine years later, more than 2,000,000 squares of moose hide have been distributed and the Moose Hide Campaign has spread to communities and organizations across Canada. Local campaigns have started in government offices, in colleges and universities, on First Nations reserves, in Friendship Centres, in community organizations, and within individual families.

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  1. Purchase a ticket here or by clicking on the Get Tickets section.
  2. Check the Additional Info section of your confirmation email from Universe. It contains your receipt, along with details on how to access the film and register for the Q&A.
  3. #Indigeneity 2S will be available from September 10th at 9am PT to September 24th at 11:59pm PT.
  4. Live Q&A on September 17th at 6pm PT.

Reel Causes offers sliding scale pricing. Contact info@reelcauses.org for a discounted ticket.

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