Reel Kanata

Presented by The Cinematheque and imagineNATIVE

A film program in honour of National Aboriginal History Month
and National Aboriginal Heritage Day

To mark National Aboriginal Heritage Month and this week’s National Aboriginal Heritage Day (June 21), The Cinematheque and Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival present a special program of new and award-winning short films by Canadian Indigenous filmmakers exploring themes of resilience, empowerment, and indomitability. imagineNATIVE, held annually in October, is the world’s largest event of its kind celebrating works by Indigenous media artists.

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Repercussions ● The heartbeat of a city resonates and the past vibrates in the present in this stop-motion animation from Métis artist Calder. Terril Calder/2013. 4 min.

My Story ● Simple whiteboard animation and voice-over narration relate the artist's personal journey and struggles. Shania Tabobondung/2013. 9 min.

Throat Song ● A young Inuit woman seeks to reclaim her lost voice in this Oscar-shortlisted short drama from producer Stacey Aglok MacDonald’s Nunavut-based company Puhitaq. Miranda DePencier/2011. 18 min.

A Common Experience ● Playwright Yvette Nolan voices her personal experience in this poetic exploration of the multigenerational effects of Canada’s residential school system, directed by Métis filmmaker Belcourt. Shane Belcourt/2013. 11 min.

Mohawk Midnight Runners ● After the death of a dear friend, a young Mohawk man decides to make positive changes in his life — and to run down a road naked in the middle of the night! Zoe Hopkins/2013. 15 min.

Totem ● A dead bird inspires a delicate expression of remembrance and gratitude in Ojibway painter and filmmaker Shilling’s arresting film. Travis Shilling/2013. 4 min.

Blocus 138 ● Young Innu filmmaker Leblanc’s short documentary chronicles his community’s resistance to further exploitation of their territory. Réal Junior Leblanc/2012. 7 min.

Wakening ● In a near-future dystopia, Cree warrior Weesagechak braves a war zone to find the ancient Weetigo and possibly end her people’s suffering. Danis Goulet/2013. 9 min.


Total running time: approx. 77 min.