IndigiDocs: Path Without End

Posted by Cara Mumford on Monday, July 16, 2018 Under: Film
Just wrapped principal photography on “Path Without End,” a 10-minute poetic dance documentary about the Friday family, their resilience through residential school, and dance artist Christine Friday’s journey to reclaim her family’s power through dance. 

Film stills from filming at Friday’s Point on Lake Temagami
DP Sean Stiller (Secwepemc)

The 10-minute film, Path Without End, incorporates dance, archival images, and creative b-roll, with the addition of interviews and information about the Friday family and their experiences at Shingwauk Residential School. The overall tone is one of empowerment. The Friday family walked into the fire of residential school and rose out of its ashes. Their resilience is the focus of the film, not the violence inflicted upon them. 

This project also documents Christine’s creation process as an artist. We are capturing behind the scenes footage of a dance artist’s journey in intimate detail as she researches, connects, develops, evokes, creates, and rehearses for this new work. She is exploring concepts such as her body as archive and land as memory. She will be taking movements inspired by her dance on her family’s traditional territory and in ceremony around the old residential school into the choreographic process for a new work. She will be working with special effects and visual effects to create a spirit world or alternate dimension to suggest where the Path Without End emerges from and disappears to. She will be embodying her family’s story and archiving it through dance and film.

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