Four Afternoons of Indigenous Cinema
Curated by Danni Black
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Screening: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Reception: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Please join us for a screening of Neil Diamond's Reel Injun followed by a reception for Danni Black/Sui Taa Kii’s installation, The Revitalization is Real, presented as part of The City of Calgary’s Indigenous Artist in Residency Program. Reception replete with drinks and Indigenous cuisine by Liberty Rivers.
Reel Injun is "a documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, from the silent era to today. Featuring clips from hundreds of films, candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers and actors, Reel Injun traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.
"Cinema plays an important and significant role in shaping narratives and broadcasting stories throughout the world. The film industry is a business with a foundation on storytelling. It allows people to look into the lives of others, and experience different perspectives. However, Indigenous peoples have a long history of being misrepresented in and outside the film industry. As we begin to acknowledge our truths, we believe we should be the ones to tell our own stories, educate others about who we are. Reel Injun showcases why representation is important, how much things have changed; it looks back at a time we hope to not go back to in film." - Danni Black
Neil Diamond is a Cree director and writer with the First Nations independent production company Rezolution Pictures International in Montreal. Diamond’s recent award-winning documentary Reel Injun provides a lively and insightful look at the portrayal of Native Americans through a century of Hollywood film. In 2010 the film won three Gemini Awards of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for Best Direction in a Documentary Program, Best Visual Research, and the Canada Award, which recognizes work that explores the racial and cultural diversity of Canada. The film was runner-up for the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program and for Best Original Music Score. Reel Injun has won awards at numerous Canadian and international film festivals, premiering in 2009 at the Toronto International Film Festival and selected as the opening night film of the 2009 imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival. It has been released theatrically in Canada and the U.S. and has been broadcast on television, including on the PBS series Independent Lens in 2010... In 1993, Diamond helped found The Nation, a northern Cree news magazine. He sits on the editorial board of The Nation, and is a director of the magazine's parent company, Beesum Communications. He was raised in Waskaganish, a Cree community on the southern end of James Bay, and lives and works in Montreal.
The Revitalization is Real:
Oki. The Revitalization is Real is a photo installation created by Danni Black, an Indigiqueer artist and matriarch in-the-making. She is unapologetically proud to be a Niitsitapi from Siksika Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy. This installation is inspired by her three- month Indigenous Artist research residency, offered through the City of Calgary. Her research was focused on Indigenous youth who live in urban settings but are reconnecting to culture through the introduction of language. Each portrait is of either an Indigenous, Métis, Inuit, or mixed youth, between ages 5-35, who are working in the community to keep their cultures alive. The hanging Butterflies represent change and revolution. In Blackfoot culture, the Butterflies are considered the most powerful beings because they hold the ability to transform, which is what the youth have the power to do, both within themselves, and within the community. The red frames represent the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit. These frames are placed throughout the portraits as a reminder that they are never forgotten, and always missed. 'The Revitalization is Real' offers the presence, confidence, beauty, power, and pride of the future ancestors to the streets of downtown Mohkintsis. “The revitalization is real, and we are the leaders of it.” It’s a good day to be Indigenous. Iiksukapii.
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.
Special thanks to NFB/ONF Mediatheque for lending us a copy of Reel Injun.
July 15th: Fire Song, Adam Garnet Jones
July 22nd: Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby
July 29th: Stryker, Noam Gonick