Director - Christopher Marshall (Muscogee Creek)
Producer - Taylor Haynes (Cherokee)
Key Cast - Carol Redwing (Yankton Sioux) "McKenzie Jacobs"
Key Cast - Lovejoy Brown (Omaha) "Gwendolyn Pierce "
USA • 2020 • 1 hour • English
Gwendolyn Pierce and McKenzie Jacobs were always inseparable. That is until college and adulting stood in the way. After a year apart and unforeseen circumstances, the two girls reconvene to journey back home. Along the way, Gwen and McKenzie are forced to face their pasts and rebuild the friendship and trust they once had.
Christopher Marshall (Muscogee Creek) – Christopher attended college at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas where he first honed his skills working behind the camera. Since graduating Christopher has become a prolific videographer. When not behind the lens or sealed into an editing room, he likes to spend time with his loving, brilliant wife and their adorable son in Omaha, Nebraska.
Taylor Haynes was born in Wichita, KS and is a member of The Cherokee Nation. His love of film started from a young age, acting out movies for his parents like “Forrest Gump” and “Tombstone”. His interests continued when he enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University and joined music and film groups like Haskell’s Stories N Motion Film Club. He went on to produce and act in 2 other feature films at Haskell alongside his friend, Christopher Marshall (Director.Writer)
Francesca Canepa • Peru • 2020 • 14m • Spanish w/ Eng. Subtitles
* THIS FILM GEO-BLOCKED TO VIEWERS WITHIN CANADA ONLY
Juan, a 9 year-old Peruvian boy, lives with his silent dad in a floating house on the breathtaking Amazon River. This idyllic background sets an allegorical journey into the rainforest jungle, where nature, gender, truth and all things begin to reveal the identity of his dad.
Kayla Hamilton (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāti Porou) • New Zealand • 2020 • 15m • English
Kahurangi is a teenage girl struggling with her fear of loss. While attempting to overcome her fears, she reconnects with her culture.
Miguel Ajcot • Guatemala • 2020 • 12m 30s • Spanish & Maya (Uspanteko)
Ixch’umil is a 10-year-old girl who goes on a trip with her mother from Guatemala City to her hometown in the Uspanteka region, where they visit her sick grandmother. Ixch’umil makes a connection to her cultural roots through the teachings of her grandmother.
Luke Hunt • 2020 • USA • 9m • English
Navajo city boy coming back home to his reservation home.
Ginew Benton (Ojibway) • USA • 2021 • 5m • English
A father reads to his son an excerpt from the Classic Ojibway Book, The Mishomis Book, Voice of the Ojibway, to teach a traditional lesson.
Jennifer Podemski (Anishinaabe, Ashkenazi-Jewish) • Canada • 2020 • 9m • English
Reflecting on the challenges of quarantine, this film tells a fictional story about the nuances of relationships during a time of loss, and the resilience that comes from the profound bond of a mother and son.
MÂMAWI NIKAMOWAK • 48m • 2021 • Canada/USA
Formalized in the Spring of 2019, the Bawaadan Collective quickly began to self-produce our own Indigenous content; modern, contemporary content. As the scale and scope of each project grew, we have continued to explore and expand our membership to incorporate new skills and relationships. Each new member has been an asset to each of the projects and works to support our future work. We envision a group of like-minded Indigenous artisans and accomplices who seek to continually develop our collaborative approaches to modern artistic, storytelling and film production processes.
MÂMAWI NIKAMOWAK is a 1 hour Web Series produced throughout 2020 and 2021 consisting of 21 Artists and 25 Short films. The work being presented at Asinabka Festival will showcases a selection of shorts from this larger collection.
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