In addition to the screening of Our People Will Be Healed, by Alanis Obomsawin there will be a selection of four short films made by BC indigenous youth. Descriptions to follow.
Our People Will Be Healed focuses on Norway House Cree Nation, in Manitoba, and the community-driven actions taken to decolonize educational systems and to restore indigenous cultural practice, particularly for youth. https://www.nfb.ca/film/our-people-will-be-healed/
The event will also include a selection of B.C.-produced film shorts by indigenous youth on related topics.
Growing Up Without a Father – 3min – by Charlie Matias (grade 9) – Port Hardy
This filmmaker bravely and poetically reflects on the effects from having a disappointing & unavailable father figure as a role model and care-giver. Although hard hitting and honest, this film also provides hope for youth in the same position.
Jennifer’s Story – 4 min – by Shaylyn Dupuis (grade 12) – Port Hardy
A short doc about the filmmaker’s mother who is the empathetic employee at the homeless shelter in Port Hardy BC.
The Legend of the Dzunuk’wa – 4 min – by the Grade 6/7 class in the T’lisalagi’lakw School in Alert Bay.
An animated adaptation of the Kwakwaka’wakw legend of the giant of the woods who steals children who do not listen to their parents.
Shown twice, in English with Kwak’wala subtitles & in Kwak’wala with English subtitles, to show the difference in languages
The event will take place on the VIU Duncan campus and is open to the public.
Admission is by donation and a local community organization aiding women in Duncan will be selected as the recipient of any donations received.
Our People Will Be Healed is 1 hour, 37 minutes and the combined running time for the shorts are 15 minutes = approx. 2 hours of screen time.