Reflecting Lives: New Works from Aboriginal Women

Posted by Cara Mumford on Sunday, March 11, 2012 Under: "December 6"
Now that I’ve started a blog on this website (with weekly updates when my computer doesn't crash), I’ve decided to merge the blogspot blogs that I set up for each of my festival films with this one. I might eventually migrate some of the more pertinent posts over here, as well, but in the meantime…  

My short film, "December 6," will be screening at "Reflecting Lives: New Works from Aboriginal Women," a partnership between the Winnipeg Cinematheque, Urban Shaman Gallery and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. “Reflecting Lives” is a series of short film works by Canadian Aboriginal women artists, guest curated by Michelle Latimer.  

Curatorial Statement: "Now, more than ever before, Indigenous, female filmmakers worldwide are reclaiming the medium of film as an essential storytelling tool. In the past decade alone, great strides have been made in contemporary, Aboriginal cinema, creating opportunities for emerging women directors to realize their vision. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, critically lauded for its undeniable authenticity: remarkable stories being told from the inside out. And yet it remains a tenuous path that female filmmakers must forge. The presence of Aboriginal women directors within the film industry is still disproportionately small, and it can be exceptionally challenging for those rising within the craft. For this reason, it's important to celebrate the emerging women who persevere with tremendous vision to enrich the creative renaissance that is Aboriginal cinema. In this spirit of celebration, all of the films you will see within this program have been directed, written and /or produced by emerging, Aboriginal Women."  

Artists: Terril Calder, Cara Mumford, Lisa Jackson, Caroline Monnet, Delia Gunn, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Friday, March 16, 2012 
7:00pm, FREE Admission 
Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque 
100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, MB 
"December 6": Clever and uncompromising, this spoken word tour-de-force recalls the events of the Montreal massacre at L'ecole Polytechnique in 1989, making a bold statement for the abolishment of violence against women.  

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My comments: I'm quite flattered to be included in a line-up with director Lisa Jackson, though I'd hardly categorize her as "emerging." Lisa is a CFC Director's Lab grad, TIFF Talent Lab participant and winner of a Genie Award for her short film, "Savage" (one of The Embargo Collective films commissioned by imagineNATIVE in 2009). I also feel in good company with Terril Calder, an experimental animator I met at my first imagineNATIVE Festival, and Caroline Monnet, whose gorgeous film IKWE was in imagineNATIVE's Non Compliance program with my film "echoes" in 2009. Unfortunately, I missed Alethea Arnaquq-Baril's film Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos at imagineNATIVE 2011 but I would love to see it one of these days. (And if anyone knows whether the other filmmakers have their own website, please send me the link to include here.) Personal connections and film favourites aside, I'm proud to have one of my films selected for this important program curated by Michelle Latimer. I just wish I could be there in person and see the rest of the films!

[Image from "The Gift" by Terril Calder]

In : "December 6" 

Tags: screening indigenous women film 
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