Decolonizing Lens Animated Shorts – Monday, February 13th
Noon-1:30 p.m. at Room 118, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba
And 7-8:30 p.m. at Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St., Winnipeg
The Decolonizing Lens invites you to view a program of animated short films and have a conversation with fabulous filmmakers Jackie Traverse and Warren Cariou. Details below and on attached poster.
EMPTY (Jackie Traverse, 2009, 5 min)
A daughter’s starkly honest story about her relationship with her mother.
FOUR FACES OF THE MOON (Amanda Strong, 2016, 11 min)
A young woman encounters traces of Canada’s colonial history, facing its horrors while also witnessing the power of land, community, and language to heal and lead to a new path.
HIPSTER HEADDRESSES (Amanda Strong, 2016, 1 min)
A short, smart take on cultural appropriation.
MIA’ (Amanda Strong, 2015, 8 min)
A young Indigenous street artist named Mia’ paints scenes and then enters them, reconnecting with oral history and travelling to find home in an industrially transformed landscape.
PETROGRAPHY: THE MICHIF MEDIUM (Warren Cariou, 2016, 10 min)
This tragi-comedy is not an animation but features animated friends who create images with bitumen gathered from the banks of the Athabasca River. We learn how the land can reveal its own destruction.
SPIRIT OF THE BLUEBIRD (Xstine Cook and Jesse Gouchey, 2011, 5 min)
A spray-paint tribute to mother and grandmother Gloria Black Plume. The beauty and freedom of the animated bluebird contrasts sharply with the story of Gloria’s violent death and what family members tell us about their experience of the legal system.
THE BEAR FACTS (Jonathan Wright, 2010, 4 min)
A funny first-contact narrative, in which an Inuit hunter outwits an ill-equipped colonial explorer and finds himself left comfortably alone.
TWO SCOOPS (Jackie Traverse, 2008, 3 min)
A hand-drawn animation that tells a personal story about the “Sixties Scoop” of Indigenous children into the Canadian child-welfare system.
THE DECOLONIZING LENS
A monthly film and discussion series that features the work and words of Indigenous filmmakers from Winnipeg and beyond, and is supported by the University of Manitoba, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund of the University of Manitoba’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. All screenings are free and open to everyone. Poster by the amazing Celeste Sutherland.