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Canadian Indigenous cinemas and the remediation of Indigenous languages on screen
February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Presented by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Dr. Karine Bertrand,
Department of Film and Media
From Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Mother of Many Children (1977) to Jeff Barnaby’s contemporary take on residential schools, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), storytelling and the remediation of oral tradition is slowly becoming a unifying factor in the Canadian landscape of Indigenous cinema, turning old stereotypes on their head and rewriting history from an insider’s perspective. The younger generations of community filmmakers hailing from the Wapikoni Mobile project in Québec have also embraced storytelling, poetry and testimonies as ways to express their relationship to the land and to their identity. Using Maori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s 25 Indigenous projects, as well as Anishinaabe author Gerald Vizenor’s concept of “survivance”, Bertrand will explore the works of Isuma and Arnait Video Productions as well as the short films from the Wapikoni Mobile, to find out how oral tradition is deployed in Indigenous cinema, whether through the orality of the image itself or through narration techniques, i.e. by indigenizing the medium.
Refreshments will be served afterwards!
Sponsored by: Speakers Committee & Academic Enrichment Fund.
Photo: Before Tomorrow by Marie-Hélène Cousineau & Madeline Ivalu Arnait Video Productions