Tag Archives: Aboriginal

October 17

imagineNATIVE 2017: Birth of a Family

Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of a Family documents the first meeting of a family torn asunder by racist government policies, decades after their separation. As infants, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were taken from their indigenous mother and placed into separate white homes across North America as part of Canada’s “Sixties Scoop”. The story of […]

May 02

Hot Doc 2017: Birth of a Family

Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of a Family documents the first meeting of a family torn asunder by racist government policies, decades after their separation.  As infants, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were taken from their indigenous mother and placed into separate white homes across North America as part of Canada’s “Sixties Scoop”.  The story of […]

November 28

The Seventh Fire

Rob Brown takes a moment to consider his beloved Ojibwe community, and pronounces its new tradition: booze and bingo. Director Jack Pettibone Riccobono gives us plenty of cut-away shots of the things that used to feature strongly in the aboriginal culture: water, trees, and sky, but those days are gone. Today Brown’s remote Minnesotan reserve is […]

October 21

ImagineNATIVE 2016: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Noted documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Trick or Treaty?) returns with another powerful film highlighting the injustice First Nations people have endured in Canada. Her latest work follows the legal battle that occurred when activists and organizations, such the Assembly of First Nations of Canada and the Caring Society, filed a human-rights complaint against the Canadian federal […]

October 19

ImagineNATIVE 2016: God’s Acre

You hear the squelching of his boots before you register much else. An older Aboriginal man is paying his respects at a rustic grave. The mud takes hold of his boots, lets go only reluctantly. He plods back to his humble shack, and sets to work counting stores. His traps are empty. Nothing grows. A way […]

September 09

TIFF 2016: We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice

Noted documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Trick or Treaty?) returns with another powerful film highlighting the injustice First Nations people have endured in Canada. Her latest work follows the legal battle that occurred when activists and organizations, such the Assembly of First Nations of Canada and the Caring Society, filed a human-rights complaint against the Canadian federal […]

October 17

imagineNATIVE 2015: Fire Song

The sense of sadness within Adam Garnet Jones’ debut film Fire Song is stifling. Teenage suicide within the Northern Ontario community that the film takes places has become as common as the alcoholic haze many of the inhabitants have found themselves in. Furthermore, the limited career opportunities leave little to be desired. While some of […]

October 15

imagineNATIVE 2015: Le Dep

Films set within one location can be a tricky thing to pull off. The director needs to maintain the almost claustrophobic intensity of the surroundings while still conveying a compelling story that audiences want to follow. Though it is a delicate tightrope to walk, Sonia Boileau proves to be up for the challenge with her […]

October 14

imagineNATIVE 2015: Unnuap Taarnerpaaffini (When the Darkness Comes)

Taking the now common paranormal investigation film to a higher level is difficult, especially with the overused tropes of disembodied footsteps, slamming doors and shaky camera work. Fortunately, Unnuap Taarnerpaaffini (When the Darkness Comes) broaches the subject with a subdued, but suspenseful, approach that will draw in even the most jaded horror fan. Tucked away […]

October 12

imagineNATIVE 2015: Mobilize

This review was originally published as part of our TIFF coverage. Since the short film will be screening at imagineNATIVE this week, and we really think you should see it, we are posting it again. – Ed. In her gloriously exhilarating short film Mobilize, Montreal-based artist Caroline Monnet explores the evolution of society across numerous […]

September 12

TIFF 2015: Fire Song

The sense of desperation in Adam Garnet Jones’ debut film Fire Song is almost stifling. Similar to the ghost of their recently deceased peers, the threat of a potentially hopeless future haunts the Anishnaabe youth. While some have resolved to accept their fate in the Northern Ontario aboriginal community, Shane (Andrew Martin) is determined to […]

September 10

TIFF 2015: Mobilize

In her gloriously exhilarating short film Mobilize, Montreal-based artist Caroline Monnet explores the evolution of society across numerous landscapes. Culled entirely from outtakes from over 700 National Film Board of Canada films, dating back to 1939, the film constructs a visual history of mankind’s innovation that is simply hypnotic. Commencing in the frigid north with […]

March 11

Standstill

There is an undeniable sadness that flows throughout Majdi El-Omari’s directorial debut. Similar to prisoners in a chain gang, each of the characters in El-Omari’s film are bound by the events of their pasts. Unable to shake the emotional ghosts that haunt them, they wander through life on a fragile tightrope whose tension is about […]