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london 16/06/2016 - 12:07AM

Screening TRUTH & RECONCILIATION to Power! A trilogy of Indigenous film screenings

This month of JUNE we screened a trilogy of powerful First Peoples First Screens films (cinemapolitica.org/fpfs) on topics related to the mandate of the Canadian Truth & Reconciliation Commission (www.trc.ca)

JUNE 2 - Residential School Experiences - "We were children"
JUNE 6 - Land & Cultural Identity - "Treading Water" + "Nanapush" + "Blocus + "Wake Up!"
JUNE 15 - Women at Risk, MMIW: You are not forgotten - "Tracing Blood" + Balmoral Hotel" + The Routes + Unknown + Pehonan

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First Peoples – First Screens | Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women: You are not forgotten

WHO: In Partnership with Cinema Political London, CMHA Middlesex & My Sisters’ Place,
WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 5pm – 7 pm
WHERE: My Sisters’ Place - 566 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.

Light refreshments. Limited parking available. Free admission, everyone welcome.
REGISTRATIONS for free admission event at EVENTBRITE: http://bit.ly/1TZ40iW
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Dear friends of Cinema Politica London,

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission's document (http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Ac...) Calls to Action item #41 speaks directly to acknowledging the victimization of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

Also in light of the Government of Ontario's recent apology and declared commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, (https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2016/05/ontario-apologizes-for-residentia...) Cinema Politica London invited the London community to attend the 3rd in our June trilogy of Cinema Politica London free documentary film screenings on MMIW.

--Screening TRUTH & RECONCILIATION to Power

+ TRACING BLOOD - Lisa Jodoin / 2013 - The story of one woman’s search for family and the deep-rooted connectedness that she finds instead.
+ BALMORAL HOTEL - Wayne Wapeemukwa / 2013 - A dance through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside serves as a haunting metaphor for the life of a First Nations sex worker in this powerful short documentary.
+ THE ROUTES - James McDougall / 2014 - A man travels his community by bike, along the memories and disturbing events that have marked its history.
+ UNKNOWN- Shaynah Decontie Thusky / 2010 - Two years ago, Maisy and Shannon disappeared. The media did not cover the event, even while this situation has become alarmingly common in communities.
+ PEHONAN- Coty Savard / 2014 - Documentary short examining the racial disparity of homelessness in Edmonton Alberta Canada.

We invited all participants to follow the Truth & Reconciliation approach of listening, witnessing and sharing.
Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, be aware that it may trigger deep emotional responses.

* For more information on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, visit:
http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1448633299414/1448633350146

* For a backgrounder on the TRC and Indigenous history, go to:
http://www.lawnow.org/call-action-truth-reconciliation-commission-report/
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about cinema politica London | cinemapolitica.org/london
►Sharing expression of film under the auspices & assistance of Solidarity Film Coalition. Cinema Politica London strives to champion alternative media through the art of documentary film. We aim to engage our community with social and environmental issues globally, nationally and locally. We search for the best documentary art form. Cinema Politica London screens new films on current issues or on issues that continue to be relevant. Cinema Politica London looks at forces that affect the realities of people around the world. Documentary films help us understand global issues such as climate change, economic inequality, human rights, peace, and social justice. Cinema Politica London takes you to specific communities around the world, immerses you in their realities and invites you to seek change through action.

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►First Peoples, First Screens (FPFS) showcases contemporary Indigenous political filmmaking from across Canada, including documentary, animation, experimental and genre fiction of varying lengths, to provide a platform to discuss Indigenous art, culture, politics, history and struggles.

 

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