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Indigenous Cinemas: Cultural Affirmation and Reconciliation

The international conference "Indigenous cinemas: cultural affirmation and reconciliation" will gather senior and emerging indigenous filmmakers along with aboriginal audiovisual organizations from Canada, Chile, Panama, Bolivia, Peru and Norway, members of the International Network for Aboriginal Audiovisual Creation (INAAC) who will testify of the essential link between cultural affirmation and reconciliation.

The participants will share their ideas and innovative cinematographic initiatives on how the reconciliation and relationships to others articulate themselves in the cinematographic creation and decolonization processes in Canada and around the world. 

A first axis of the conference will portray the experiences and individual artistic paths scattered among indigenous filmmaking process as a whole. Paying tribute to the pioneers and their experiences, the testimonies of indigenous filmmakers from here and abroad and of audiovisual organizations will show the cinema as a cultural affirmation and reconciliation tool in the cinematographic creation and decolonization processes in Quebec, in Canada and elsewhere in the world. They also reflect the essential link between cultural affirmation and the right to communicate, through indigenization of communications. 

A second axis will show reflections and young aboriginal audiovisual creators' recent and innovative artistic initiatives. We will focus here on youth new trajectories, strategies and objectives and social relationships, on new ways the cultural affirmation and reconciliation is articulated by the cinema they make emerge. This second axis on youth and indigenous cinema will also explore ways to support these emerging filmmakers and to achieve their goals (ranging from filmmaking methods to identifying broadcasting areas) so that the voices of young aboriginal audiovisual creators are heard in all their diversity and creativity, in a constant dialogue with the rest of the world. 

A projection of the films produced within the framework of INAAC will follow at the Montreal First Peoples Festival closing night. 


August 10th 2016

1:30pm to 1:35pm: Welcome word and contextualization

  • Manon Barbeau, Co-founder and director of Wapikoni Mobile, Canada

1:35pm to 1:40pm: Opening address 

  • Tarcila Rivera Zea, Founder and executive director of Chirapaq, Peru 

1:40pm to 2:45pm: Panel 1 – The Pioneers: The Wise Ones' generation 

  • Jeannette Paillan, Mapuche Director and Excutive Director of FICWALLMAPU indigenous festival, Chile 
  • Ivan Sanjines, Director of CEFREC-CAIB (Centro de Formación y Realización Cinematográfica), Bolivia 
  • Leo Koziol, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, New Zealand 
  • Elizabeth Weatherford, Smithsonian Institute, USA 
  • André Dudemaine, Montreal First Peoples Festival, Canada 

2:45pm to 3pm: Questions from the public 

3pm to 4pm: Panel 2 – The Emerging Ones: 7th fire generation 

  • Odd Levi Paulsen, Sami Producer, NUORAJ TV, Norway 
  • Silvia Calfuqueo, Mapuche, Chile 
  • Analicia Lopez, Kuna Filmmaker, Panama 
  • Caroline Monnet, Anishnabe Filmmaker, Canada 
  • Jason Ryle, Founder of ImagiNATIVE Festival, Canada 
  • Miaskom Sipi Flamand, Atikamekw Filmmaker, Wapikoni Mobile, Canada 

4pm to 4:25pm: Questions from the public 

4:25pm to 4:30pm: Closing words 


Guest of honor 

Tarcila Rivera Zea
Founder and executive director of CHIRAPAQ, Peru 

Tarcila Rivera Zea is the founder and executive director of Chirapaq, pioneer organization which, with the support of Oxfam-Québec, appropriates Wapikoni Mobile's methodology and applies it to Quechua youth in Peru. Committed Quechua leader, she played a key role in the recognition of indigenous peoples' identity in Peru and Latin America. Tarcila Rivera Zea was recently elected, with 15 other indigenous representatives from different regions of the world, as a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She will provide advices and recommendations on the development policies that affect the lives of more than 370 million indigenous people worldwide. 


Manon Barbeau 
Filmmaker and founder of Wapikoni mobile, Canada  

For over thirty years, Manon Barbeau has worked as a screenwriter and director for several organizations including Télé-Québec and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). She has made several documentaries and in 2003 she founded the Wapikoni Mobile in collaboration with the Council of the Atikamekw Nation and the First Nations Youth Council with the support of the AFQNL and the NFB. Wapikoni Mobile, a traveling audiovisual and creation studio dedicated to First Nations youth, has produced over 900 short films. Manon Barbeau was named Ashoka Fellow in 2009 and Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2014. She also received the Albert-Tessier Award, the highest award in cinema matters in Quebec. 


Jeannette Paillan
Mapuche Director and Excutive Director of FICWALLMAPU indigenous festival, Chile

Of Mapuche origin, Jeannette Paillan began using video to testify acts of violence to her people in communities of southern Chile. She is co-founder of the Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Cine de los Pueblos y Communicación de los Pueblos Indígenas (CLACPI), an organization devoted to the creation, to the development and distribution of Indigenous cinema in Latin America since 40 years. She now runs the indigenous festival FICWALLMAPU that promotes dialog and intercultural relations.

André Dudemaine 
Director and founder of Montreal First People's Festival, Canada 

André Dudemaine teaches Film Studies at Concordia University in addition to being a founding member and managing director of LAND InSIGHTS and director of Montreal First Peoples Festival. It is through him that has reached and maintained the partnership between LAND InSIGHTS and GIRA since 2009 which is at the origin of Revisioning Americas Through Indigenous Cinema. André Dudemaine received the Mishtapew Excellence Award of the First Peoples' Business Association (2001, 2002, 2003) and the Jacques Couture Award of the National Assembly of Quebec (2002).  

Leo Koziol 
Founder of Wairoa Māori Film Festival 

Leo Koziol is of Māori and Polish descent and is the founder and director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. His tribal background is Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rakaipāka. Leo Koziol’s interest is in place making and the role of artistic endeavour both to revitalise place and to explore dimensions of story and history. Leo Koziol has worked internationally, including six years in San Francisco working for the Resource Renewal Institute, spearheading sustainable cities projects in New Orleans and Silicon Valley. He founded the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, celebrating this year it’s 11th anniversary, that became a film makers retreat where those attending build strong networks and partnerships.  

Ivan Sanjines 
Social activist, producer and filmmaker 

Ivan Sanjines dedicates his work to the development of indigenous and intercultural communication. He is the founding director of the Cinematography Education and Production Center/Centro de Formación y Realización Cinematográfica (CEFREC) located in La Paz (Bolivia). CEFREC works with the Bolivian Indigenous Peoples' Audiovisual Council/Coordinadora Audiovisual Indígena Originaria de Bolivia (CAIB) to produce the first documentaries and the first fiction works from Bolivian indigenous filmmakers. In 2001, he spearheaded the creation of a regional radio and television, Norte La Paz, the first indigenous television station of the country. He is an Ashoka Fellow since 1999, has received the Bicentennial Award of La Paz (2009) and an award of excellence for his entire work from the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Chaco in Argentina. He currently serves on the board of the Bolivian Cinema Foundation and on Wapikoni Mobile's Board of Governors. 

Elizabeth Weatherford
Director of the Film and Video Center at the NMAI in New York 

In 1979, Elizabeth Weatherford organized the first Native American Film and Video Festival for the Museum of the American Indian, which became the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 1989. She was also a co-founder of the Native Cinema Showcase, which is held annually during Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elizabeth Weatherford is currently the director of the Film and Video Center at the NMAI in New York. With more than 40 years of experience with film, she continues to create projects and help Indigenous filmmakers across the globe. The Film and Video Center (FVC) became the first international Native media arts center when it launched in 1981. It focuses on productions by and about Native peoples throughout North, Central and South America, the Arctic Circle, and the Pacific regions. It has shown nearly 2000 works and hosted hundreds of media makers to discuss their productions with the public and fellow filmmakers through its festivals, cinema showcases, daily and special on-site programming, national and international film and video tours, and Native Networks professional workshops for filmmakers and Native youth in media. 

Silvia Calfuqueo
Cultural worker 

Silvia Susana Calfuqueo Lefio is Mapuche, one of the First Peoples of South America. A primary school teacher by profession, Silvia is married and has three children. She returned to her community in the Mapuche Lafkenche territory of Lake Budi – the only saltwater lake in South America – to grow with her family in peace and harmony with her surroundings and to strengthen her children's connection to their Mapuche identity, language and spirituality. Silvia contributes with her technical, cultural and social knowledge and skills to various initiatives in her territory. She is currently collaborating with a sustainable community economy project and is part of a group of women artisans. She is a trainer with the Mapuche School of Filmmaking and Communication of the Aylla Rewe Budi, teaching Mapuzugun (the Mapuche language) to the participating youth. Silvia's work is rooted in and nourished by Mapuche knowledge, wisdom and ways of thinking. She considers it a challenge and a necessity to share with the world a way of life that still exists and that can persist in time if Mapuche find the way to validate, defend and love their People and if we all learn to understand, respect and appreciate those who continue to adopt lifeways that are grounded in their Indigenous culture. 

Miaskom Sipi Flamand 
Filmmaker, traditional dancer and social activist 

Miaskom Sipi, which means "flow of two rivers", is originally from Manawan, a community of the Atikamekw-Nehirowisiw Nation. Above all, Sipi is a pow-wow dancer and an activist for the First Nations. In particular, he was the spokesperson of the First Nations Youth Network for a two years mandate. It is very important for Sipi to get involved in his community and, according to him, the transmission of traditional knowledges is a key to the preservation of indigenous peoples’ identity as well as to defend themselves more efficiently against the dominant society.  

Analicia Lopez

Panama Born in the community of Pintupe, in the Kuna Comarca of Madungandi, this young film director lived in Panama City until she was 16. She participated in a Wapikoni's film for the first time in 2015. Although she spent her youth in the Panamanian capital, she now lives in her community, where lives a large part of her family. Analicia is passionate by the Kuna tradition, music and culture, as well as by those from the new places she discovers or intends to visit. 

Odd Levi Paulsen 

Odd Levi Paulsen is a Sami film producer from Norway. He has since 2011 started up and run a film production company that focuses on Sami film through the Sami culture in Norway. The company's vision is to be the best on the dissemination of Sami culture through the medium of film and web TV. So far he has produced four short movies, music video and web TV for Sami youth "NuorajTV" (Youth TV). Many of his films have been shown at film festivals around the world. Now he will be working with feature films with stories from northern Norway. 

Caroline Monnet 
Multidisciplinary artist 

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. Her work demonstrates a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Monnet has exhibited in various venues such as the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and Haus der Kulturen (Berlin) for the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, TIFF, Aesthetica (UK), Cannes Film Festival (not short on talent), McCord Museum, Arsenal and Museum of Contemporary Arts (Montréal). Her most recent exhibition Standing in the Shadow of the Obvious is currently showing at Axenéo7 (Gatineau). Monnet has a BA in communication and sociology from the University of Ottawa and University of Granada (Spain). She lives in Montréal where she is the artist in residence at Arsenal Contemporary Art. 

Jason Ryle 
Curator, scenarist and filmmaker

Jason Ryle serves on the board of the VTAPE organization, one of the largest independent videos distributors in Canada. He is currently the curator of the ImagineNATIVE Canadian film festival and of MEDIA ARTS, in Toronto. He writes for the Smithsonian Institute and several publications in North America.


Charles Bender 
Actor and host, Canada 

Charles Bender was the French TV host of The 8th Fire, a Radio-Canada/CBC documentary series which addresses the contemporary indigenous issues. Since his Gémeaux nomination for hosting the young adult show, C’est parti mon tipi, Charles has become a regular presence on Aboriginal People’s Television Network. He is the lead of the new fiction TV series Sioui-Bacon (APTN). On stage, he has had the chance to work with Ondinnok theatre company.