Reel Causes #Indigeneity Event Series

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Reel Causes presents its third #Indigeneity event, in partnership with Indian Resident School Survivors Society, in-person January 27th at VIFF Centre and virtually from January 29th to February 8th.

Reel Causes #Indigeneity Event Series

Reel Causes #Indigeneity Event Series

  • When: January 27, 2022 doors 6:15pm, screening 7:00pm
    • Screen virtually January 29 to February 8, 2022 
  • Where: VIFF Centre (1181 Seymour Street)
  • Tickets: Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door

In creating this event Indigenous Curator Rylan Friday, said: “My goal is to showcase various narratives that hold a universal truth and to showcase that, as Indigenous people, we’re more than our trauma and tragedies. We’re also our songs, our humour, our stories, our traditions. We are medicine.”

The event features four stories of survival and resilience in the face of colonial oppression: 

  • Clouds of Autumn (Director: Trevor Mack)
  • Remembering the Forgotten Children (Director: Graham Constant)
  • Joe Buffalo (Director: Amar Chebib)
  • Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again (Director: Courtney Montour)

Set on the Tsilhqot’in plateau in the 1970s, Clouds of Autumn focuses on a young Indigenous boy named William and his older sister Shayl whose carefree childhoods are torn apart when Shayl is forced to attend a residential school. Singular visual interpretations infuse co-director Trevor Mack’s family history with a slowly shifting tone that evokes loss and love.

Graham Constant created Remembering the Forgotten Children while at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR). The film follows him and his colleagues as they visit the site of the former Muskowekwan Residential School, tour the school, speak with Survivors, and learn about the unmarked burials surrounding former school property.

Joe Buffalo is an Indigenous skateboard legend. He’s also a survivor of the notorious Indian Residential School system. Following a traumatic childhood and decades of addiction, Joe must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro.

Joe Buffalo | Official Trailer from Amar Chebib on Vimeo.

Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.

Post-film discussion includes Trevor Mack, Graham Constant, Joe Buffalo, Courtney Montour, Indian Resident School Survivors Society Executive Director Angela White, and is moderated by Chris Reed (aka Continental Breakfast). 

Virtual tickets include access to all films and recorded in-person discussion.  A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Indian Resident School Survivors Society

Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. They 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.

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