Fire Song, Rhymes for Young Ghouls and Stryker
Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema
Curated by Danni Black
Please join us on July 15th, 22nd and 29th for Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema, curated by Danni Black.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shane, a gay Anishinabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister's suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family's home and his own future.
"There is power in watching stories about Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ people, and as we continue to be loud and proud of who we are, it is important to share their realities in contemporary times. I chose Fire Song because I believe that as our community continues its journey in decolonization, we can no longer silence and deny the many Indigiqueer and Two-Spirit voices and stories. I believe broadcasting these films will bring education and healing to those we describe as “good medicine” in our communities. As we no longer deny their existence in the past, let’s celebrate and be active in their stories in the present."
Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis/ Danish) has written and directed a series of award-winning films that toured the international film circuit from Toronto to L.A., Sydney, Berlin and Beijing. He is currently working as Content Analyst and Indigenous Liaison at Telefilm Canada. Adam released his first dramatic feature-length film, Fire Song, at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. Fire Song went on to win the Air Canada Audience Choice Award at ImagineNATIVE, the world’s largest Indigenous Media Arts Festival before picking up three more audience choice awards and two jury prizes for best film. Even before the film was green-lit for production, the script for Fire Song won the WGC's Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize. Fire Song can be seen now on Netflix USA.
Rhymes for Young Ghouls
Sunday, July 22, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her "truancy tax", keeping her out of St.Ds. But when Aila's drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila's world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight... and Mi'gMaq don't run.
"The youth are our leaders, and it is essential that we recognize that. This film explores the vulnerability and strength in our youth, and having to be strong for our families who have been affected by Residential School. This film teaches us to fight back, and not to let them take away who you are. I chose Rhymes for Young Ghouls because I was impressed with the main character and her ability to bounce back and survive. Her resiliency shines through, just like many of the youth today and the survivors of these institutions."
Jeff Barnaby was born on a Mi'gmaq reserve in Listujug, Quebec. His filmmaking paints a stark and scathing portrait of post-colonial aboriginal life and culture. His short films include the Genie Nominated File Under Miscellaneous, the TIFF Top Ten and Jutra Nominee The Colony and the Sundance Official Selection From Cherry English. Rhymes for Young Ghouls is his debut feature film.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stryker is a 2004 film by Noam Gonick about gang violence in Winnipeg's North End. It follows a 14-year-old arsonist who becomes involved in a turf war between the Indian Posse and the Asian Bomb Squad. He is known only as Stryker, a slang term for a prospective gang member.
"The urban Indigenous experience and the realities, struggles and survival associated is a story close to many. As we struggle to connect with culture, many of us succumb to joining gangs and living a life of violence within the streets as a way to survive. I chose Stryker because I thought it was an important film to showcase the life many of us experience living in the city. I believe that urban Indigenous stories are very much a part of our history and the obstacles we face in contemporary times. This film was made in Winnipeg, which has one of the highest rates of gang violence, murder, and poverty facing Indigenous people. It was important for me to showcase a film made in Turtle Island that opens our eyes to a hard reality in our own backyards."
Noam Gonick is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and curator exploring iconoclastic issues and positions in his work, from Utopian hippie cults and queer sexuality to Aboriginal street gangs and historic labour uprisings. Gonick has screened at the Venice, Toronto and Sundance film festivals, lectured at the Serpentine Gallery and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York),The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery (UBC) and the National Gallery of Canada. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Director’s Guild of Canada.
Danni Black/Sui Taa Kii:
Danielle (Danni) Black, or Sui Taa Kik (Sue-Da-Gee) is a Niitsitapi Two-Spirit filmmaker, writer, and grassroots community organizer. She founded the Treaty 7 Film Collective, writes for FREQ magazine covering Indigenous focused topics, and was one of the chosen artists for the City of Calgary’s Indigenous Artist Residency where she researched Indigenous youth and their relationship to their language growing up in urban settings.