From Nunavik to Kitigan Zibi
Curated by Cecilia Araneda for Harbour Collective
in partnership with daphne, GIV and ImagineNATIVE

Wednesday, July 14 – 2 PM (Montreal/Toronto)
Screening Presented by: ImagineNATIVE
Screening Duration: 45 mins, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers


From Nunavik to Kitigan Zibi manifests the spirit of independence from eight Indigenous filmmakers currently working in Quebec. It is a journey through physical and dream state terrains, local territories and private spaces, here and across the world. It includes voyages into night and the way found back through to day. The program features work by filmmakers at all stages in their careers, including emerging filmmaker Craig Commanda, whose film The Land – Aki is a silent meditation through the Mount Royal forest, to the iconic Alanis Obomsawin, whose June in Povungnituk reflects a day in the life on the land in northern territories. The program also includes documentaries by Mélanie O’Bomsawin and Caroline Monnet, video art by Marie-Josée Tremblay and animation by Diane Obomsawin, Raohseraha:wi Hemlock and Meky Ottawa.

FILMS:

Life is a Vision: The Process of Painting Life (15:33 mins, work-in-progress) – Dir: Mélanie O’Bomsawin
Inga writer Waira Nina invites Anishinaabe artist Glenna Matoush to collaborate with the children and community members of the Inga community of Yurayako, Colombia to create the illustrations for Waira’s book La vida es una pinta (Life is But a Vision). The book speaks of coexistence with the territory, and pays homage to water beings, the jungle and traditional ceremonies.

LA FORÊT – (3:39 mins, 2014) – Dir: Diane Obomsawin
A forest inhabited by souls and beasts originating in myths and legends, and in the artist’s dreams.

Stolen Stories (4:08 mins, 2017) – Dir: Raohseraha:wi Hemlock
A retelling of Indigenous stories found in a book written by a Jesuit missionary in the 1700’s, questioning what is left of traditional storytelling and what is left of our oral history.

The Fake Calendar (1:30, 2019) – Dir: Meky Ottawa
A neon glimpse into a personal world within an urban landscape. From FOMO to JOMO, The Fake Calendar is an artist’s expression of how people come up with interesting and creative ways to avoid social functions in favour of their own private space.

NIB8ÏWI: Durant la nuit (1:52, 2019) – Dir: Marie-Josée Tremblay
At night, when our fears return, we never know what to expect

The Land – Aki (1:25 mins, 2018 – no sound) – Dir: Craig Commanda
A silent meditation through the Mount Royal forest.

June in Povungnituk  (1:03 min, 1980) – Dir: Alanis Obomsawin
On a beautiful summer’s day in Nunavik, a family enjoys the pleasures of berry picking and fishing as the sound of two Elders throat-singing fills the environment.

Tshiuetin (10:51, 2016) – Dir: Caroline Monnet
Take a ride through Northern Quebec and Labrador on Canada’s first First Nations-owned railway. The Tshiuetin train line extends 132.5 miles from Emeril, Labrador to Schefferville, Quebec.