Directed by Adriana Ronquillo of Rarámuri / Mexico.
Year: 2021 | Length: 6 min
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by multidisciplinary artist Adriana Ronquillo, Mujer Espíritu is a fascinating hybrid animation that immerses audiences in the vision of the natural world through the music of the Mexican band Ampersan, inspired by the ceremonial chants of Maria Sabina, a Mazatecan sage who was a practician of Indigenous medicine based on their understanding of the flora and fauna of the Mezo-American forests.
Directed by Ritchie Hemphill of ‘Nakwaxda’xw / British Columbia. Written by Ida Smith of ’Nakwaxda’xw.
Year 2021 | Length: 8 min
Presented in English and Kwa’kwala with English subtitles
A stop motion representation of the late Elder Ida Smith telling her grandson the legend of the Mink.
Director Ritchie Hemphill grew up on the Tsulquate reserve and was raised by his community, the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw people. Hemphill aims to create art honouring his identity as a modern Indigenous individual.
Sina ma Tinirau
Directed, written by, and produced by Vilsoni Tausie Hereniko of Fiji
Year: 2021 | Length: 8 min
Presented in English and Rotuman with English subtitles
Sina Ma Tinirau is an animated film about a cursed prince who becomes an eel and has to win the love of a beautiful woman to become human again. In a seductive display, he gifts her with his body as a coconut palm tree.
Vilsoni Hereniko is the first native of Fiji to make a narrative feature film: Titled Pear ta Ma ‘On Maf (The Land Has Eyes), which won Best Dramatic Feature at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in 2004. Sina Ma Tinirau is his first animated film.
Directed by, written by, and produced by Siku Allooloo of Inuit/Taíno / Northwest Territories
Co-produced by Jessica Hallenbeck
Year: 2022 | Length: 7 min
Presented in English and Hiwatahia with English subtitles
A new experimental film from award-winning filmmaker, interdisciplinary artist, writer and decolonial advocate Siku Allooloo explores women’s connection to the spirit world and Taíno culture. Spirit Emulsion is centred on the life of Allooloo’s mother, Marie-Hélène Laraque, an activist and Taíno Indigenous woman who co-founded one of the first bilingual Indigenous newspaper in North America. She died when Allooloo was a teenager. Shot on Super Eight film, and developed with plant medicines, the film was designed to find connection to the earth and the cosmos, portraying family love and ancestral sovereignty.
Directed and written by Barry Bilinsky of Métis/Cree / Kikino Métis Settlement/Alberta
Year: 2022 | Length: 14 min
Presented in English
From the imagination of Kikino youth in Kikino Métis Settlement, Kikino Kids follows the story of rebellious friends, star-crossed lovers and brave explorers coming together to discover how connected they are.
Barry Bilinksy is a professional theatre creator of Cree, Métis and Ukrainian heritage. Based in Montreal, he has worked across Canada on projects centred primarily around the proliferation of Indigenous arts, artists and collaborations.