First People First Screens
First People First Screens
 

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First Peoples, First Screens (FPFS) showcases contemporary Indigenous political filmmaking from across Canada, including documentary, animation, experimental and genre fiction.
About the Program

February 08, 2016 – May 31, 2016

First Peoples, First Screens (FPFS) showcases contemporary Indigenous political filmmaking* from across Canada, including documentary, animation, experimental and genre fiction of varying lengths. We are thrilled to circulate four separate clusters of thematically grouped works throughout the Canadian part of the Cinema Politica network, and to provide a platform to discuss Indigenous art, culture, politics, history and struggle at each screening location.

FPFS is curated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous programmers who selected 20+ works from over 150 submissions. We are grateful to our cultural advisors—Tracey DeerAlethea Arnaquq-Baril and Alanis Obomsawin—who oversaw the process of selection and who continue to inspire us with their own artistic works. We are also thankful to Karrmen Crey, who penned the accompanying introductory essay for this program. You can read that text below or click here to download the PDF version. To peruse our beautifully-designed FPFS flyer, you can download the PDF here.

* With the exception of Nutak—Memories of a Resettlement, which was commissioned by an Indigenous community

Thematic clusters:

FPFS clusters
Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

Featuring

still from TREADING WATER: PLIGHT OF THE 2011 MANITOBA FIRST NATION FLOOD EVACUEES
still from TREADING WATER: PLIGHT OF THE 2011 MANITOBA FIRST NATION FLOOD EVACUEES
Janelle Wookey & Jeremie Wookey  ·  2014  ·  48m
Janelle Wookey & Jeremie Wookey  ·  2014  ·  48m

A journey to the Lake St. Martin First Nation that explores the political spider web that has entangled this community and prevents them from going home.

Still from Mobilize (https://carolinemonnet.ca/Mobilize)
Still from Mobilize (https://carolinemonnet.ca/Mobilize)
Caroline Monnet  ·  2015  ·  4m
Caroline Monnet  ·  2015  ·  4m

A journey by canoe into the city creates a dynamic connection between natural and urban spaces and celebrates the fierce resourcefulness of Indigenous people.

Curators
" Mohawk Girls " / Rezolution Pictures .Photo: Philippe Bosse cell 514.932.4355

Tracey Deer

PROGRAM ADVISOR

Filmmaker Tracey Deer is a Mohawk filmmaker with multiple credits to her name, as a producer, writer and director. She currently resides in Kahnawake, her home reserve in Quebec.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

PROGRAM ADVISOR

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an Inuit filmmaker from the Canadian arctic where she runs Unikkaat Studios Inc. In her award-winning APTN documentary TUNNIIT: RETRACING THE LINES OF INUIT TATTOOS (ImagineNATIVE 2011 premiere) Alethea traveled across the arctic to speak with elders about Inuit tattoo practices and the causes of their near disappearance, before getting her own traditional face tattoos.

Alanis Obomsawin

PROGRAM ADVISOR

Alanis Obomsawin, OC (born August 31, 1932) is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent. Born in New Hampshire, and raised primarily in Quebec, she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada documentaries on First Nations culture and history. Her best known documentary is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, about the 1990 siege at Oka, Quebec.

For 38 years, Obomsawin has directed documentaries at the NFB. To date, she has made over 30 documentaries on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada.

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