2014 Film Selection

Wednesday May 28,2014
6:30 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre


Traditional Healing

Description: A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle occurs.

Director: Raymond Caplin

Genre: Animation Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 2:20 Language: English

Website: http://www.wapikoni.ca/movies/traditional-healing


Description: Following a bloody confrontation between her clan and the clan of “Men from the Land of Ice,” Maïna, daughter of Innu Grand Chief Mishtenapuu, finds herself unwillingly drawn into a mission that will change her life.

Director: Michel Poulette

Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance Country: Canada Production year:  2012 Running time: 100:00 Language: English, Inuktitut, Inupiaq with English subtitles


Awards: Best Picture and Best Actress awards at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.

Wednesday May 28,2014
9:30 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

People of a Feather

Description: Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.

Director:  Joel Heath

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year: 2011 Running time: 90:00 Language:English | Inuktitut


Awards: 12 awards


Thursday May 29,2014
7:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Uprooted Generation

Description: A young Innu returns to the sight of the Indian Residential School in Sept-Îles to deliver a poetic tribute to its victim, The school ran from 1951 to 1972.

Director:  Réal Junior Leblanc

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 7:16 Language: French with English subtitles


Awards: 2013 – Prize for best short subjects – Festival Présence autochtone, Montreal, 2013 – Special distinction Coup de coeur Télé-Québec prize – Festival Présence autochtone, Montreal


Description: Why are so many Quebecers so ignorant of the First Nations, even though studies show that more than half of them have at least one aboriginal ancestor? Why are clichés and prejudices so persistent? How can the situation be improved? By getting on their bikes and heading out along the North Shore of the St. Lawrence, where they meet all kinds of people (both spontaneously and not), the two young people try to get a firmer grasp on relations between Quebec’s aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples.

Directors:Mélanie CarrierOlivier Higgins

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year:  2013 Running time: 80:00 Language: French with English subtitles

Facebook: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/quebekoisie



Thursday May 29,2014
9:30 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Mohawk Midnight Runners

Description: A Mohawk man starts a midnight running club to honor the life of a friend he lost to suicide. Together with his buddies, Grant carries on his departed friends love of… streaking all over the reserve.

Director:  Zoe Leigh Hopkins

Genre: Drama, Comedy Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 15:00 Language: English

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152049911455291.893907.188137205290&type=3

Craters of the Moon

Description: A young couple on a cross-country road trip lose their way in a blizzard and wind up stranded in the middle of nowhere. As the days pass, their relationship slowly deteriorates, leading to the film’s chilling climax.

Director: Jesse Millward

Genre: Drama Country: USA Production year: 2011 Running time: 77:00 Language: English



Friday May 30,2014
7:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Shouting Secrets

Description: A successful young writer returns home to his reservation, after ten years, in order to visit his sick mother and his estranged family. Shouting Secrets tells a present day story about a Native-American family with unique struggles but universal truths.​

Director: Korinna Sehringer

Genre: Drama Country: USA / Swiss Production year: 2011 Running time:88:00  Language: English

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shouting-Secrets-the-Movie/169200776450967
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShoutingSecMovi

Awards: 11 wins and 3 nominations


Friday May 30,2014
9:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Drunktown’s Finest

Description: Three young Native Americans – an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual – strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Director: Sydney Freeland

Genre: Drama Country: USA Production year: 2014 Running time: 95:00 Language: English


Premiered at Sundance film festival in 2014

Saturday May 31,2014
12:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Hi Ho Mistahey!

(which means “I love you very much” in Cree)

Description:  Alanis Obomsawin that profiles Shannen’s Dream, an activist campaign first launched by Shannen Koostachin, a Cree teenager from Attawapiskat, to lobby for improved educational opportunities for First Nations youth.

Director: Alanis Obomasawin

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 99:46 Language: English


Awards: TIFF honourable mention for the People’s Choice Award

Saturday May 31,2014
2:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre


Description: The journey of a toy car over hill-and-dale: a memorable journey in a childhood land.

Director: Allison Coon-Come

Genre: Animation Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 4:01 Language: English


Shana: The Wolf’s Music

Description: The coming-of-age story about a Canadian First Nations girl who triumphs over obstacles in her young life. Her new teacher discovers her extraordinary gifts as a violinist. When Shana goes on a spiritual journey, she befriends a wild wolf who guides her and she reconnects with her ancestors, including her mother. Finally, she is able to make peace with her mother’s death and, absorbed by nature and the spiritual world, Shana finds a unique way of musical expression, which will allow her to have a career as a violinist. Filmed with the People of the Creeks, the Lower Nicola Indian Band near Merritt, BC. The entire cast is local and first time film performers. The Swiss director Nino Jacusso who spent seven months with them calls them ‘real actors’ as they are the real people. A moving, magical, and yet authentic inter-cultural motion picture.

Director: Nino Jacusso

Genre: Drama Country: Canada / Switzerland Production year: 2013 Running time: 96:00 Language: English


Saturday May 31,2014
4:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Four Winds

Description: Crossing the punishing desert of the American West, Native American Civil War veteran Four Winds is overcome by his demons and collapses on the desert floor. As his body struggles for life, his spirit struggles to move beyond the horrors of war. Brought into a border town and saved from death by the benevolence of a desert guide, Four Winds discovers that while away his family has been murdered by the same racist Capt. Flemming who sent Four Winds Native American D Company on a suicide charge to their deaths. Encouraged by his new companion to again embrace the ways of his people, Four Winds cleanses himself in preparation for a return to town and a final confrontation with the sadistic Captain Flemming.

Director: Nick Brokaw

Genre: Drama Country: USA Production year: 2013 Running time: 33:00 Language: English

Website: http://fourwindsfilm.com


Description: A young man desecrates a sacred site and suffers the consequences.

Director: Curtis Taylor

Genre: Drama Country: Australia Production year: yyyy Running time: 10:00 Language: Martu /English subtitles



Description: Karl explains his philosophy of life through the making of a traditional birch bark canoe.

Director: Karl Chevrier

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 6:01 Language: English

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Wapikoni

Pumanawa: The Gift

Description: A mother shares her own tragic past to stop her daughter repeating the same mistake.

Director: Poata Eruera

Genre: Drama Country: New Zealand Production year: 2013 Running time: 14:00 Language: English

Website: http://www.pumanawathegift.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pumanawa-The-Gift-Short-Film/109714512550279

Nanapush and the Turtle

Description: An Aboriginal environmental activist views the earth through the lens of a legend.

Director:  Mélissa Mollen DupuisGenre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year:2013 Running time: 10:00 Language: French with English subtitles


Kay Pacha

Description: Maribel and Carmencita are two indigenous girls who work in Cuzco Central Square, taking pictures with the tourists in exchange of a tip. Leon, Maribel’s father does not have a regular job, which causes fights with Ines, his wife and the rest of the family.

Director: Álvaro Sarmiento

Genre:  Drama Country: Spain / Peru Production year: 2013 Running time: 14:00 Language: Spanish with English subtitles


Awards:  Contest Cinematograph Films Independent and Experimental 


Saturday May 31,2014
6:00 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

Moving Forward: Employment Rights in the Workplace

Description: This video follows three Aboriginal People’s lives and career choices. These inspirational stories will encourage young Aboriginal people to aim for the careers they desire, regardless of their circumstances.

Director: Lese Skidmore

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year : 2013 Running time: 19:00 Language: English

The Sacred Relationship

Description: The Sacred Relationship explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water.

Director: Greg Miller

Genre: Documentary Country: Canada Production year: 2013 Running time: 52:00 Language: English



Saturday May 31,2014
7:30 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre

The Human Zoo – The Story of Calafate

Description: At the end of the 19th century, four groups of indigenous people (a total of 25 people, from infants to the elderly) were taken from Chile by a German businessman and were shown as animals in different fairs and public exhibitions in several Europeans cities, including Berlin, Leipzig, and symbolic places such as the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower. THE HUMAN ZOO retraces the disturbing and moving journey of the abducted natives and surprises with every new discovery – including the remains of five members of the Kawésqar culture found at the Anthropological Department of the University of Zurich. The repatriation of the remains reveals how racism and the lack of respect for the indigenous population continues to present day.

Director: Hans Mulchi Bremer

Genre: Documentary Country: Chile Production year: 2011 Running time: 92:00 Language: Spanish with English subtitles


Awards: 7 awards


Saturday May 31,2014
9:30 PM
Metro Cinema’s Garneau Theatre


Description: Cerro Rico in Potosí (Bolivia) is a lawless territory. The miners risk their lives digging for silver and zinc in crumbling tunnels. This is the story of three women who work and struggle to survive in an inhuman inferno. Their only weapon is their courage… and dynamite.

Director: Raúl de la Fuente

Genre: Documentary Country: Spain / Bolivia Production year: 2013 Language: Spanish with English subtitles




Description: Icaros explores the spiritual universe of the Shipibo indigenous people who live by the Ucayali River, one of the main tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon. Young Mokan Rono sets outs on a journey to discover the ancestral knowledge of ayahuasca, mentored by a wise shaman and by his mother, a master healer.

Director: Georgina Barreiro

Genre: Documentary Country: Argentina Production year: 2014 Running time: 70:00 Language: Shipibo, Spanish with English Subtitles

Awards: Premiere