Still from Lana Gets Her Talk
Still from Lana Gets Her Talk

Lana Gets Her Talk

by Beth Wishart MacKenzie
Cree artist Lana Whiskeyjack explores the inter-generational effects of Canada’s Indian Residential School system through her sculpture, Lost My Talk.
2017  ·  37m  ·  Canada
About the Film
LANA GETS HER TALK is an observation of Cree artist Lana Whiskeyjack as she works to complete a mixed-media sculpture of a tortured face, the face of her uncle. Lana calls the piece Losing My Talk. This brief study of an artist and her work helps us come to some understanding of the trauma experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people in the Indian Residential School system, of its enduring effects on the children of Survivors, and of one woman’s journey to recover what was lost: dignity, identity, and voice. A story of resilience, Lana’s journey speaks of the power of Indigenous “ways of being” in our time.
Upcoming Screenings

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Festivals and Awards
Female Eye Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival
About the Director

Beth Wishart MacKenzie

Beth Wishart Mackenzie

Beth is an educator and award winning documentary filmmaker based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Using film Beth seeks to communicate the richness and complexity of cultural-religious life in Canada and to examine the challenges multicultural coexistence presents to Canadians. Beth’s prior experience in the discipline of Comparative Religious Studies allows her to bring an informed and sensitive perspective to her documentary film work and to effectively interpret the symbolic codes and spiritual sensibility of the individuals and communities she engages with. As a socially engaged documentary filmmaker, Beth seeks to use the creative medium of film to build community in Canada. Her films have enjoyed public and festival screenings nationally, internationally and online, and include Unforgotten (2016), Brothers in the Buddha (2014), and Gently Whispering the Circle Back (2013).  Lana Gets Her Talk is Beth’s most recent film. It is included in the Cross-Canada Touring Installation, pîkiskwe-speak: an Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation.

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