Daniel Foreman (Metis), Stephen McMichael • 2021 • Canada • 1h 41m • English
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At the heart of our story is 17-year-old Derrick, a young man whose character arc begins with a boy who is fully dependent on his grandmother and his sister. Derrick's sister, Lakota, is living an at-risk lifestyle dealing drugs for an all-woman gang. When she suddenly disappears, Derrick sets out to find her. Along the way, he faces racism, police brutality and his own lack of confidence. With guidance from his spirit animal, he is able to continue his journey with renewed strength and resolve, eventually facing his sister's abductor in a thrilling fight to the death.
Metis filmmaker Daniel Foreman has been involved with film and music since before he can remember. His father' s love of North American film, combined with his mother's passion for French cinema, has helped shape Daniel's style and sensibilities. Beginning with music videos, he soon branched out to shooting on a film camera and editing on a Steenbeck. After a run of successful live action digital shorts, he turned to animation and began exploring Indigenous mythology. This led to a Best Animation win at the American Indian Film Festival in 2018 which in turn led to being Fast Tracked in Telefilm's Talent to Watch program. With this seed funding, the suspense thriller feature film Abducted was given life.
Keelan Wlaker (Māori) • New Zealand • 2020 • 15m • English
Lewis Smith is a Māori artist and Pakohe Kaiwhakairo (Argillite Carver) who resides in Blenheim, New Zealand, along with his wife Sophie and their 3 children. He is of Ngāti Kuia and Ngati Apa descent which are both iwi (tribes) who arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) on the great Kurahaupo waka.
Lewis specialises in carving pakohe (argillite), a form of hardened mud stone found locally within his tribal rohe (area). Pakohe was once a valuable trade commodity within Aotearoa because it could be easily fashioned into stone tools. It is considered to be New Zealand's first form of currency. This short film follows Lewis on a number of journeys around his area, scouring the ancient trails and routes used by his tūpuna to collect pakohe, serpentine, garnet, and other valuable materials.
Lala Rolls • 2020 • New Zealand • 2 hours • English, French, Maori
When James Cook, captain of British Navy ship Endeavour, took his first steps on the un-colonised shores of 1769 Aotearoa/New Zealand, he set in train a violent collision with our ancestors, the people of the land.
This first meeting between Māori and Europeans would have ended disastrously for Cook and his crew.
But it didn't. Why? Because of Tupaia, a Polynesian who had joined the Endeavour expedition in Tahiti.
Who was this high-priest, this star-navigator, this extraordinary artist? His huge contribution to the Endeavour journey was left out of European history books, yet 250 years later his imprint lives on.
New Zealand born artist Michel Tuffery (of Samoan, Rarotongan and Tahitian heritage) and Māori actor Kirk Torrance retrace the footsteps of Tupaia in true Polynesian style.
Keelan Walker was born, educated and has lived much of his life in Blenheim, New Zealand where he currently resides.
Keelan is the owner of a successful digital media company known as Loud Noise Media which specialises in creating online content for businesses and organisations.
His Hobbies are indigenous documentary film making and photography, the great outdoors and he is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Director Geoff O'Gara, Producer Sophie Barksdale, Associate Producer Jordan Dresser (Arapaho) • 2021 • USA • 1 hour • English
"Kill the Indian in him, and save the man" was the guiding principle of the U.S. government run Indian boarding school system starting in the late 19th Century. The program removed tens of thousands of Native American children from their tribal homelands, and through brutal assimilation tactics, stripped them of their languages, traditions and culture. The students were forced through a military-style, remedial education. Most children returned emotionally scarred, culturally unrooted with trauma that has echoed down the generations. Many students never returned home, having died at the schools. Home From School: The Children of Carlisle dives into history of the flagship federal boarding school, Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and follows the modern day journey of the Northern Arapaho Tribe as they seek to bring home the remains of three children who died at Carlisle over 100 years ago. To move forward they need to heal from the past, and in doing so they forge the way for other tribes to follow.
Jordan Dresser is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe located on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He has worked as a reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Forum and the Denver Post. Questions of who owns tribal artifacts and the role tribal members play in these decisions prompted Dresser to leave Wind River and enroll into a museum studies graduate program at the University of San Francisco. Dresser currently serves as the collections manager for the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office in Riverton. In 2016, he co-produced the documentary “What Was Ours.”
Danilo Velasquez • 2021 • Canada • 32m • English
Genocide of a Culture is a short narration documentary to bring attention and awareness to the millions of Canada's newcomers regarding Indigenous Culture and the atrocities that the Indigenous Community has endured for over a century. A dark history of Canada that has been hidden and ignored for so long.
Danilo Velasquez was born in Nicaragua where he spent his teenage years and early adulthood before immigrating to Canada in 1988 as a result of the Sandinistas/Counter-Revolutionary war. He graduated from the Scriptwriting post-graduate program at Algonquin College. Danilo is also a Community Journalist and the Founder of Quienes Somos? (Who Are We?), a social bilingual - English/Spanish- media channel where he is the Producer, Director, and Reporter. He has produced Quienes Somos? for the last 21 years on a volunteer basis which has led him to receive recognition by the Mayor of the city of Ottawa, the offices of the Prime Minister, and Canada Latin Awards. Danilo has high respect, admiration and is passionate about Indigenous Culture and wishes to bring awareness through Quienes Somos? to the Spanish-speaking community and non-Spanish-speaking newcomers regarding the history of the Indigenous Community of Canada.
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