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INDIGENOUS-MADE FILMS TO STREAM AT VFF

Indigenous-Made Films

INDIGENOUS-MADE FILMS TO STREAM AT VFF

The stories told in our Indigenous-made selections are thrilling, complex, and poetic.

Be sure to catch these titles during the festival.

Call Me Human

Call Me Human (Je m’appelle humain)

“Sauvage,” says Joséphine Bacon, “means to be wholly free.” When elders leave us, a link to the past vanishes along with them. Innu writer Joséphine Bacon exemplifies a generation that is bearing witness to a time that will soon have passed away. With charm and diplomacy, she leads a charge against the loss of a language, a culture, and its traditions. On the trail of Papakassik, the master of the caribou, Call Me Human proposes a foray into a people’s multi-millennial history in company with a woman of great spirit who has devoted her life to passing on her knowledge and that of her ancestors. In her language, Innu means “human.”

Charter

Charter

Following her VFF 2018 hit Sami Blood, director Amanda Kernell reveals her sophomore feature – a gripping and intense portrait of the lawless force of an imperfect mother’s love.

After a divorce, Alice (an excellent Ane Dahl Torp) lives in Stockholm where she works in a hospital. She has not seen her two children, Elina and Vincent, for a long time, as she awaits a custody verdict. When her young son, Vincent, phones her crying one evening and tells her he no longer wants to stay with his father, Mattias (Sverrir Gudnason, The Girl in the Spider’s Web), Alice hastily returns north from Stockholm and tries to establish contact with her two children. When Mattias does not allow her to see them, Alice takes action, abducting Elina and Vincent on an illicit charter trip to the Canary Islands. She is determined to reconnect with them and re-assert her role as mother and protector.

Ruthless Souls

Ruthless Souls

Ruthless Souls follows Jackalope “Jackie” Cambell, a tough as nails Ojibwe artist born and raised in the strange land of Winnipeg, Manitoba. On the first anniversary of her partner’s tragic death, she’s back at work and spends her free time, drinking and smoking up “on the regular”. Trying to cope with the guilt around her partner’s death due to complications from gender reassignment surgery, she finds that her relationships are on the brink.

Nuxalk Radio

Nuxalk Radio

A day in the life of 91.1, Nuxalk Radio, a radio station built to help keep the Nuxalkmc language alive, broadcasting the laws of the lands and waters.

Part of the Indigenous Shorts Program

Kapaemahu

Kapaemahu

Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them.

Part of the Indigenous Shorts Program

êmîcêtôcêt – Many Bloodlines

êmîcêtôcêt – Many Bloodlines

In a relationship, two women decide that the white partner will carry her partner’s Indigenous child.

Part of the Indigenous Shorts Program

Finding the Balance

Finding the Balance

First Nations on southern Vancouver Island are working to protect their territorial waters, these young divers are leading the way… Finding the Balance

Part of the Indigenous Shorts Program

Invasion: The Unist’ot’en’s Fight for Sovereingty

Invasion: The Unist’ot’en’s Fight for Sovereignty

In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is verité cinematic experience about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous peoples.

Part of the Indigenous Shorts Program