The Skoden Indigenous Film Festival is back for its fourth-year March 31 to April 2, 2022 within the shared territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Skoden is a three-day student-led film festival which features exclusively Indigenous filmmakers and creatives from across Canada.
Skoden Indigenous Film Festival
- When: Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2, 2022
- Where: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver)
- The “Skoden Sampler” March 31st is at SFU Surrey from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
- Tickets: Purchase tickets online in advance for the program you’d like to attend April 1st & April 2nd.
Used by Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast, Skoden is a unifying word that transcends a single language. Skoden is slang for “let’s go then”. It’s an attitude and a battle cry and we’ve decided to take it to heart.
Held within the heart of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Kwantlen, q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), Qayqayt, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen Nations territories, Skoden Indigenous Film Festival celebrates the works of Canadian based Indigenous filmmakers and talent, and features indigenous cultural traditions, including a welcome ceremony and witness.
Founded on the principles of truth and reconciliation, Carr Sappier (Wolastoqew) and Grace Mathisen created the festival in 2019. It’s organized and led by a class of students from all over SFU’s School of Contemporary Arts, and co-taught by Carr Sappier and Kathleen Mullen. This year intern Akira Iahtail will also be assisting with the festival.
Festival-goers are able to attend film programs and Q&As, celebrating Indigenous voices and cultivating more active discussions about reconciliation. The Festival welcomes new traditions and invites anyone who is interested in making the community more inclusive to come, learn, and share with them in the spirit of Skoden.
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