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Reflections on Sovereignty 3: Stand Tall and Lead (N/C 15+)

19 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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In the month in which the British government is expected to invoke Article 50 and commence EU exit negotiations, GSFF takes a wider view, considering notions of nationhood and borders both physical and cultural. We have invited curators from imagineNATIVE, the world’s largest showcase of Indigenous-made screen content, and Dokufest, the leading film festival in Kosovo, to propose programmes of short films exploring sovereignty in distinctive ways.

imagineNATIVE explores First Nations’ relationship with the Canadian state, and contemplates the future of Indigenous people and communities in Canada in the year of the 150th anniversary of confederation.

Read more about the strand here.

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La Tonsure

A seemingly simple gesture on a stormy day becomes an ominous link to a painful history.

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  • Director Marie-Pier Ottawa
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2009
  • Duration 4 min
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Blocus 138 - Innu Resistance

This documentary shows the events of March 9th, 2012, during the road block of the 138, and describes, with exactitude, the action and emotion of the moment.

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  • Director Réal Junior Leblanc
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2012
  • Duration 7 min
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Bloodland

Blending theatre with film, a gruesome and immutable image of the detrimental impact of oil extraction on Mother Earth is laid bare.

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  • Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2011
  • Duration 4 min
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SNARE

Evocative and haunting, this performance-based piece captures the brutality of violence against Indigenous women, yet celebrates hope for a future illuminated through advocacy and understanding.

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  • Director Lisa Jackson
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2013
  • Duration 3 min
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This River

When the body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine was pulled from Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, a group of volunteers established Drag the Red, a grassroots initiative to trawl the river in search of evidence of other missing Indigenous women.

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  • Director Erika MacPherson, Katherena Vermette
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2016
  • Duration 16 min
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Repercussions

The heartbeat of a city resonates through concrete, as past gives way to future in this short examining the sometimes fraught relationship Indigenous people have with the police.

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  • Director Terril Calder
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2013
  • Duration 4 min
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Sirmilik

Commissioned as part of the National Parks Project, director Zacharias Kunuk was one of fifty-two contemporary artists to cinematically explore the beauty of Canada’s protected parks in celebration of Parks Canada’s centennial year.

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  • Director Zacharias Kunuk
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2011
  • Duration 10 min
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Niagara

A simple story of love and loss set to the background of Niagara Falls (Ongniaahra in Mohawk) becomes a gently layered work that resonates into this deeply profound story.

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  • Director Shelley Niro
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2015
  • Duration 5 min
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The Renaming of PKOLS

WSÁNE First Nations take a revolutionary step to reclaim and re-name PKOLS, a sacred mountain in their traditional territory formerly known as Mt. Douglas.

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  • Director Steven Davies
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2015
  • Duration 4 min
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Mia'

An Indigenous street artist named Mia' paints supernatural scenes that come to life. She then undergoes her own transformation into a salmon trying to make it back home.

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  • Director Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Amanda Strong
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2015
  • Duration 8 min
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Wapawekka

Hip-hop loving Josh is dragged to his family’s remote cabin for one last visit by his traditional Cree dad.

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  • Director Danis Goulet
  • Country Canada
  • Year 2010
  • Duration 16 min
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h30m
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