Join Cinema Politica Concordia for First Voices - An Evening of Indigenous Cinema, within which the Wapikoni short SONNY SIDE UP will be presented! On the heels of the very successful First Peoples, First Screens program, Cinema Politica will be screening a vibrant selection of short films by and about Indigenous communities. Director Roxann Whitebean (THUNDER BLANKET) will be joining the audience for a post-film Q&A hosted by Nakuset.
This screening is part of First Voices Week Concordia, and is co-presented by Amnesty International - Group 16 Montreal. Admission is by donation basis ($5-10 suggested). The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Here’s the program:
THUNDER BLANKET (EPISODE 1)
Roxann Whitebean & Brittany Leborgne / Canada / 2016 / 15 ' / English
When diagnosed with breast cancer, a Mohawk mother struggles with the decision to undergo chemotherapy and risk losing her hair—a marker of identity and strength.
LEGEND OF THE STORM
Roxann Whitebean / Canada / 2015 / 17 ' / English
When violence engulfs her community during the Oka Crisis, a 78-day standoff that erupted between the Mohawk Nation and the Canadian Government in 1990, Otsí:tsa refuses to be defeated.
Amanda Strong & Bracken Hanuse Corlett / Canada / 2015 / 8 ' / English
A young Indigenous female street artist named Mia’ walks through the city streets painting scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people.
Jobie Weetaluktuk / Canada / 2009 / 2 ' / English
Filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk, originally from Inukjuak, Quebec, mixes archival and new footage that encourages us to think about how we've perceived and interacted with Inuit culture throughout history.
SONNY SIDE UP
Sonny Papatie / Canada / 2015 / 6 ' / English
This film tells how a young man changes his life from drugs and alcohol to become a traditional dancer.
Lisa Jackson / Canada / 2010 / 6 ' / Cree / S.T. English
On a summer day in the 1950s, a native girl watches the countryside go by from the backseat of a car. A woman at her kitchen table sings a lullaby in her Cree language. When the girl arrives at her destination, she undergoes a transformation that will turn the woman’s gentle voice into a howl of anger and pain.
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs / Canada / 2016 / 8 ' / English
A dramatic short film that follows troubled, 14-year old, Shayna Hill as she is admitted and runs away from her group-home.