On September 19th, Reel Causes is hosting our #Indigeneity event, a program of shorts selected by our Guest Indigenous Curator Rylan Friday.
Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with filmmakers and a reception.
Encompassing themes of trauma, sexuality, myths and legends, these stories weave together a narrative of identity and the bond between each other at present and the connection to past generations. Read more about each film below.
OChiSkwaCho — Jules Koostachin
OChiSkwaCho is a sacred being, known to many Indigenous people as a spiritual messenger. Kokoom, an elderly (spiritually ailing) two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the OChiSkwaCho.
ʔEtsu — Trevor Mack
On an isolated reserve, a young boy struggles to search for a connection to his deceased grandmother through an old VHS camcorder.
Holy Angels — Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child.
Iridescence — Maxime Beauchamp
Iridescence exposes how society needs to label a person by their sexuality. Dance and interpretive movement replace the dialogue, allowing us to use the body to communicate the relationship between the characters and their true human emotions.
Cedar Tree of Life — Odessa Shuquaya
Three Indigenous women from the West Coast utilize cedar bark to weave with and deepen their relationship to this sacred material.
Nite Ride — Olivia Marie Golosky and Danielle Black/Sui-Taa-Kii
Four femmes go on their weekly evening bike ride while, unbeknown to them, they are being hunted by sinister creatures of the night.
My Friend Michael Jones — Samson Rambo and Ian Leaupepe
A high school misfit with severe OCD forms an unlikely bond with a popular classmate through a shared passion for music and dance. An inspiring story of friendship that connects Pasifika culture, LGBTQIA+ awareness, overcoming bullying and anxiety disorder.
Purchase tickets for the September 19th #Indigeneity event here.
Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.