This screening is part of Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake): NFB Indigenous Cinema on Tour. Throughout 2017, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering the films in its exceptional collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works to all Canadians — for community screenings! These are the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, these films will initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.
Souvenir is a four-film series addressing Aboriginal identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB’s archives. In addition to the more than 700 films with Aboriginal themes dating back to 1939, these archives include thousands of hours of outtakes.
Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down) | 4 min 14 s | By Jeff Barnaby
Jeff Barnaby’s Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down) destroys any remaining shreds of the mythology of a fair and just Canada. His message is clear: we are still here. Attempts to “get rid of the Indian problem” have failed. The future is coming.
Mobilize | 2 min 48 s | By Caroline Monnet
Caroline Monnet’s Mobilize is an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban South, capturing the perpetual negotiation between the traditional and the modern by a people moving ever forward.
Nimmikaage (She Dances for People) | 2 min 43 s | By Michelle Latimer
Both a requiem for and an honouring of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, Michelle Latimer’s Nimmikaage (She Dances for People) deconstructs the layers beneath the recorded pageantry of Canadian nationalism.
Sisters & Brothers | 2 min 52 s | By Kent Monkman
A pounding critique of Canada’s colonial history, Kent Monkman’s Sisters & Brothers draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison and the devastation inflicted by the residential school system.
THÉRÈSE OTTAWA | 2015 | 15 MIN
This short documentary tells the story of Tony Chachai, a young Aboriginal man in search of his identity. Moved by the desire to reconnect with his Atikamekw roots, he delivers a touching testimony on the journey that brought him closer to his family and community. On the verge of becoming a father himself, he becomes increasingly aware of the richness of his heritage and celebrates it by dancing in a powwow.
This film was produced as part of Tremplin NIKANIK, a competition for francophone First Nations filmmakers in Quebec.