Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival Screening: Thursday, February 7th, 7pm at the Paramount Theatre, 503 Victoria Street

In conjunction with the Kamloops Art Gallery‘s 2013 exhibitions Western & Sonia Cornwall: Roundup and the Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, the Kamloops Film Society  presents three films; The People of the Kattawapiskak River, Smoke Traders and Savage.

VIMAF aims to empower and present emerging and established Indigenous innovators of media arts in a diverse array of venues and spaces and is a world leader in the media arts community for its interventions in and commentary of historical and contemporary realities, which are grounded in its mission to push boundaries and explore new forms of media production.

THE PEOPLE OF THE KATTAWAPISKAK RIVER (Director: Alanis Obomsawin, English, 50min) – This documentary by Alanis Obomsawin exposes the housing crisis faced by the Northern Ontario Cree community, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help.  With the Idle No More movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis.

SMOKE TRADERS (Director: Jeff Dorn, English, 51min) – For centuries, Europeans have run the North American tobacco trade; today the First Nations people are taking it back. But is the tobacco trade a road to independence or criminality for Native people? Smoke Traders tells the story of the contraband tobacco trade and the effect on individual lives and communities from a Native perspective. The multimillion-dollar cigarette industry that Mohawks have built has pulled their communities out of third world poverty, but the Canadian government is determined to shut the trade down. Are these traders criminals who must be stopped? Or are they a new breed of Native entrepreneurs who deserve our support?

SAVAGE (Director: Lisa Jackson, English, 6min) – This short film by award winning Vancouver filmmaker, Lisa Jackson is described as a residential school musical. On a summer day in the 1950s, a native girl watches the countryside go by from the backseat of a car. A woman at her kitchen table sings a lullaby in her Cree language. When the girl arrives at her destination, she undergoes a transformation that will turn the woman’s gentle voice into a howl of anger and pain.

All three films will be playing at the Paramount Theatre at 503 Victoria Street starting at 7pm, Thursday, February 7th 2013. Admission is $8 at the door.

Interested in seeing the films and volunteering? Get in touch.

Marlaina Buch
Education and Public Programs Coordinator

Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival Screening: Thursday, February 7th, 7pm