IndigeVision Film Showcase April 13, 14, 15 2018


IndigeVision is a three day showcase of films by Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada, curated by Eli Hirtle. All screenings are free to attend.

On Friday and Saturday nights, April 13 and 14, a series of short documentary and experimental works will be shown at the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, in partnership with the Indigenous Governance Program. Filmmakers include Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Doreen Manuel, Conor McNally, Kent Monkman, Asinnajaq and more.





On Saturday at 2pm, we will screen Marie Clement’s The Road Forward in the Royal BC Museum’s Newcombe Auditorium, and at 7pm on Sunday April 15 we will be screening The Witness Blanket documentary at the Newcomb Auditorium, with special guest Carey Newman. These two screenings are in partnership with the Royal BC Museum.




8pm Friday April 13

76 min

First Peoples House, University of Victoria

In partnership with Uvic’s Indigenous Governance Program

Bihttos -Image courtesy of Moving Images Distribution










Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

2014 (14 min)

Bihttos an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments and family photos, Writer/Director Elle-Maija Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents’ mythic love story and how past injustices have coloured her perception of love.


Freedom Babies – Image courtesy of Moving Images Distribution











Freedom Babies

Doreen Manuel

2014 (22 min)

A young family from the Secwepemc First Nation lives in a traditional pit house near Kamloops in the Thompson River Valley of British Columbia. Their lives are rooted in concern for the environment, respect for unceded traditional territory and a return to traditional First Nations culture.

As part of this process, Kanahus and her partner Guateberi have decided not to register the births of their children with governments.Freedom Babiescelebrates their resilience and engagement in the long process to cleanse the ill effects of colonization.


Otenaw- Image courtesy of Connor McNally












Conor McNally

2017 (40 min)

Otenaw is a film documenting the oral storytelling of Dwayne Donald, an educator from Treaty 6, Edmonton. Drawing from Nhiyawak philosophies, he speaks about the multilayered histories of Indigenous peoples’ presence both within and around amiskwacwskahikan, or what has come to be known as the city

2pm Saturday April 14

The Road Forward

Marie Clements

2017 (90 min)

Newcombe Auditorium (675 Belleville St.)

In partnership with the Royal BC Museum

The Road Forward – Image courtesy of the NFB









The Road Forward connects a pivotal moment in Canadas civil rights history, the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s, with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The film is a tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.


8pm Saturday April 14

Program 3

57 min

First Peoples House, University of Victoria

In partnership with Uvics Indigenous Governance Program


Mobilize – Image courtesy of the NFB













Caroline Monnet

2015 (3 min)

Crafted entirely out of NFB archival footage, this film takes us on an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban south, capturing the perpetual negotiation between the traditional and the modern by a people moving ever forward.


Etlinisiguniet – Image courtesy of the NFB









Etlinisiguniet (Bleed Down)

Jeff Barnaby

2015 (5 min)

In five short minutes, this short film destroys any remaining shreds of the myth of a fair and just Canada. Children sent to residential schools, families examined like livestock in crowded tuberculosis clinics, tainted water and land, and the list goes on. But filmmaker Jeff Barnaby’s message is clear: We are still here. Featuring the music of Tanya Tagaq.


Nimmikaage – Image courtesy of the NFB









Nimmikaage (She Dances for People)

Michelle Latimer

2015 (3 min)

Both a requiem for and an honouring of Canada’s First Nations, Mtis and Inuit women, this short film deconstructs the layers of Canadian nationalism. In the process, it reverses the colonial lens by shifting the balance of power to reclaim the Canadian narrative, putting the enduring strength and resilience of Indigenous women at the forefront.


Sisters and Brothers – Image courtesy of the NFB












Sisters and Brothers

Kent Monkman

2015 (3 min)

In a pounding critique of Canada’s colonial history, this short film draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison in the 1890s and the devastation inflicted on the Indigenous population by the residential school system.


Three Thousand – Image courtesy of the NFB










Three Thousand


2017 (14 min)

Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe. 14 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light.

Delving into the NFBs vast archive, she casts a net across the complicated history of Inuit cinematic representation, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sourcesnewsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, as well as work by Inuit filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility.

This River – Image courtesy of the NFB










This River

Erika McPherson and Katherina Vermette

2016 (19 min)

This River offers a first-hand perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared.

Kyle Kematch and Katherena Vermette have both experienced this heartbreak. Kyle has a sister who went missing over five years ago. He now works with Drag the Red, a volunteer organization that searches the Red River for clues relating to missing members of the Indigenous community.


Mia’ – Image courtesy of the filmmakers










Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett

2015 (5 min)

A young Indigenous female street artist named Mia walks through the city streets painting scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people. She has not heard the stories from her Elders lips, but has found her own methods to rediscover them. The alleyways become her sanctuary and secret gallery, and her art comes to life.

LOOK – Image courtesy of the filmmakers











Look (Last of Our Kind)

Wolf Pack Productions

2017 (5 min)

A powerful spoken word voyage through the history of colonization, and how it’s impacted the current realities of three Indigenous men. Created by and featuring Alex NicholasTaylor-McCallum, Cam Durocher, and Dakota Inglis.

7pm Sunday April 15

Newcombe Auditorium

In partnership with the Royal BC Museum

The Witness Blanket documentary


Artist Carey Newman will be present to introduce the film









The Witness Blanket film documents the creation of The Witness Blanket, a work by Master Carver Carey Newman, honouring those who suffered at the hands of the Residential School System. The blanket is made from pieces of residential schools, churches, government buildings, and cultural structures. It stands as a reminder for current and future generations of the loss, strength, reconciliation and pride of the survivors.