Displacement, Representation, and Mistreatment

August Art Crawl Screening
Friday, August 11, 2017 from 7 – 10pm

Free Admission; CW: Graphic scenes, violence.

Factory Media Centre is proud to host the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) Indigenous Cinema Tour, a screening of films produced under the National Film Board of Canada by Indigenous filmmakers.

Displacement, Representation, and Mistreatment, curated by Grant Holt, is a selection of films sharing historical and contemporary themes about the Canadian government’s direct role in perpetuating injustices against Indigenous populations through forced migrations, a lack of representation, and violence. The Souvenir series remixes archival footage of Indigenous peoples with canonical imagery of Canada using non-traditional filmmaking techniques. By reclaiming the government’s propagandistic footage, the Souvenir series produces critiques of Canada itself. Four artists are included in these shorts, all of which focus primarily on identity and representation as well as displacement caused by residential schools. These four shorts are accompanied by longer films in a more traditional documentary style, which delve deeper into aggressive and violent aspects of government policies and their effects on Indigenous people. These films share a sense of necessity for the urgency of action against forced movements of people, government sanctioned injustices, and the lives lost and still being lost in the battle to defend Indigenous cultures and ways of life.

Screening Schedule:

The Souvenir Series: 
7:00 – 7:15 PM

1. Sisters & Brothers, Kent Monkman, 2015 (3:44)
A critique on Canada’s residential school system and a comparison to the annihilation of the bison in the late 19th century.

2. Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down), Jeff Barnaby, 2015 (5:08)
Showcasing the livestock like treatment against Indigenous populations, as well as the harsh realities of residential schools and the immense death tolls caused by disease, and the cost of industry profiting off the land.

3. Mobilize, Caroline Monnet, 2015 (3:32)
Mobilize takes us on a journey forward from the Far North to the urbanized South, highlighting the juxtapositions created between traditional Indigenous means of construction and the newer urbanization of the land.

4. Nimmikaage (She Dances for People), Michelle Latimer, 2015 (3:33)
A means to deconstruct a system of power and shift the importance onto the Metis and Inuit women. An overall attempt to reclaim identity and reverse colonialism.

Documentary Shorts:
7:15 – 10:00 PM

5. You Are on Indian Land, Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, 1969 (37:00)
A film reporting on the 1969 protest by the Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) of St. Regis Reserve on the international bridge between Canada and the United States.

6. Incident at Restigouche, Alanis Obomsawin, 1984 (45:57)
This film provides a historical account on the raid of Restigouche Reserve by the Quebec Provincial Police, where salmon, a significant source of food and income for the Mi’kmaq people, is being threatened. An attempt to put justice on trial.

7. Nowhere Land, Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq, 2015 (15:00)
A documentary that follows the life of Bonnie Ammaaq and her family’s transition from a government-manufactured community, into the vast and beautiful territory that can be described as somewhere. A commentary of what home really is and how their previous community of Igloolik, becomes described as nowhere.

8. Two Worlds Colliding, Tasha Hubbard, 2004 (49:00)
An inquiry into the story of Darrel Night and what has become known as Saskatoon’s “freezing deaths” where several local indigenous men have had their bodies discovered in freezing conditions brought on by police injustice and brutality.

Factory is located at 228 James Street North in downtown Hamilton. The main gallery space is wheelchair accessible. Our washrooms are gender-neutral but unfortunately are not wheelchair accessible.