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concordia 16/02/2016 - 01:00PM

Launch of First Peoples First Screens at CP Concordia Draws 700

On Monday, February 7th, CP Concordia in Montreal launched Cinema Politica’s new First Peoples, First Screens (FPFS) program. We showed four short films—Caroline Monnet's MOBILIZE, Wayne Wapeemukwa's BALMORAL HOTEL, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers' A RED GIRL'S REASONING, and Kelvin Redvers' THE DANCING COP—plus Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s TUNNIIT: RETRACING THE LINES OF INUIT TATTOOS

The best news of all was the nearly 700 people who showed up and stayed through to the end of an amazing Q&A discussion with Nakuset, Arnaquq-Baril and the audience. With our venue (H-110) nearly full to capacity with students, activists, filmmakers, members from various Indigenous communities and the public at large, we were (and are!) inspired to see that Indigenous cinema has relevance, vitality and meaning to so many!

FPFS launch draws 700 at CP Concordia. Photos: Emily Gan

Above: FPFS launch draws 700 at CP Concordia. Photos: Emily Gan

Our hunch was confirmed with this launch: there is no shortage of incredible Indigenous cinema and no shortage of eager audiences ready to encounter it, there is merely a shortage of screening venues and distribution opportunities. Hopefully we can help in our small way to correct this problem by showcasing FPFS programs across Canada in the coming months. Check the FPFS page for info on upcoming screenings or to read up on the program.

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