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Wapawekka

Director Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Year 2010
Run Time 16min
Genre Drama
Josh and his father visit their family cabin in Saskatchewan for the last time, confronting the generational differences between their Cree heritage and Josh's urban lifestyle.

Director

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Danis Goulet is an award-winning Cree/Métis filmmaker from La Ronge, SK, now based in Toronto. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, and MoMA. She is a former programmer and current board member for TIFF, and was the former Director of the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival. Her latest projects include the TV series Reservation Dogs, and the upcoming feature film Ivy

Writer

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Christine Kleckner, Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, Other Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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Against The Grain

Director Curtis Mandeville (Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 24min
Genre Documentary
Survivors of the Indian residential school system attempt to cope with its impact on their personal lives and communities. A good primer for discussions of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

Director

Curtis Mandeville (Métis)

Writer

Curtis Mandeville (Métis)

Producers

Curtis Mandeville (Métis), Eileen McCord

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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Honey For Sale

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2009
Run Time 7min
Genre Documentary
The director focuses her camera on the tenuous life of a honeybee in this poetic and thoughtful meditation on the fragility of human existence.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), John Sedore

Producer

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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The Life You Want

Director Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)
Year 2011
Run Time 34min
Genre Documentary
The isolated northern town of Fort Hope, Ontario has a serious problem with prescription drugs. This film follows the journey of one brave resident who admits her problem and applies for treatment.

Director

Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe)

Writers

Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Dave Clement

Producers

Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Irene Dubé

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Thunderstone Pictures

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Indigo

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Experimental
Inspired by Indigenous stories and vividly-realized through stop-motion animation, a woman trapped in a cluttered space is freed by "Grandmother Spider," who still has some important webs to weave.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writer

Daniel T. Fischer

Producers

Luke Sargent, Brett Long, Amanda Strong (Michif)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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InukShop

Director Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)
Year 2009
Run Time 2min
Genre Documentary
What is the state of Inuit culture on screen? Inuk filmmaker Weetaluktuk mixes archival reels with new footage to make this commentary on cultural appropriation.

Director

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Writer

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Producers

Kat Baulu, Joe MacDonald, Vanessa Loewen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Anirniq (Breath)

Director RJ Sauer
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Drama
A beautiful exploration of the Inuit belief that when someone dies, their spirit goes into the living creatures around them.

Director

RJ Sauer

Writer

RJ Sauer

Producers

RJ Sauer, Amy Jones

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Brüdder Productions

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Bundle

Director Jamie Whitecrow (Anishinaabe)
Year 2020
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
 A look at the Anishinaabeg tradition of carrying a small bundle at all times containing items that are essential to maintaining spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Director

Jamie Whitecrow (Anishinaabe)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Not Just a MMIW

Director Ulivia Uviluk (Inuk)
Year 2019
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary
In this moving doc, Uviluk reflects on the circumstances and impact of her mother’s death and reminds us of the importance of remembering the names and lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, rather than just the statistics.

Director

Ulivia Uviluk (Inuk)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Sober House: A Sign of Change in Cree Nation

Director Wendell G. Collier (Mi’kmaw)
Year 2019
Run Time 20min
Genre Documentary
A group of teen activists work together to institute a city-wide program to combat alcohol abuse, using signs placed in front windows to mark alcohol-free homes.

Director

Wendell G. Collier (Mi’kmaw)

Producer

Wendell G. Collier (Mi’kmaw)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Origin of the Dream Catcher

Director Donavan Vollant (Innu)
Year 2018
Run Time 4min
Genre Animation, Drama
In this beautiful animated short film we learn about the creation of the very first dreamcatcher.

Director

Donavan Vollant (Innu)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Indigenous-made Short Films

Director Various
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Indigenous-made short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme and filter by Indigenous filmmaker. 

 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

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Giant Bear

Directors Daniel Gies, Neil Christopher (Inuk)
Year 2019
Run Time 12min
Genre Animation, Drama
A stunning animation of an Inuit legend in which a hunter battles his greatest foe, a giant bear. Content Note: Graphic animated violence.

Directors

Daniel Gies, Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Writers

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Jose Angutinngurniq (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Dub

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

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L’innu du futur

Director Stéphane Nepton (Innu)
Year 2021
Run Time 6min
Genre Experimental

An Innu man discusses his relationship with his culture, how it was taken away from him, how he fought to take it back and what it will be like for the generations to come.

Director

Stéphane Nepton (Innu)

Writer

Stéphane Nepton (Innu)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

French

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Christmas at Moose Factory

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 1971
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation
Legendary documentarian Alanis Obomsawin’s debut film is a first-hand look at the experience of children in a residential school during Christmastime.

Director

Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Legendary Abenaki filmmaker Obomsawin has made over 50 documentaries on issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada, including Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Trick or Treaty?, Is the Crown at War with Us?, Our People Will Be Healed and Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger. Her most recent film is the short documentary Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair. Next, she is set to appear in an episode of Marie Clements’ Bones of Crows: The Series.

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

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Mia’

Directors Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)
Year 2015
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
In this incredible stop-motion short, Mia’ is a young Indigenous street artist who paints scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people. When her art comes to life, Mia too is transformed.

Directors

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Producers

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose), Luke Sargent

Genre

Animation

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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Mohawk Girls

Director Tracey Deer (Mohawk)
Year 2005
Run Time 55min
Genre Documentary
For three teenage girls growing up in Kahnawake — and indeed, all teenagers on the reserve — life can be quite confusing. If they want to move away to pursue new experiences — perhaps in nearby Montreal — they risk losing credibility, or worse yet, their rights as Mohawk women. Of course, if they stay, their opportunities in the tiny community are limited.

With insight, humour and heart, director Tracey Deer (who left Kahnawake to attend school and pursue filmmaking) returns to her community to follow these Mohawk girls and tell their stories. Her deeply emotional documentary reveals the complex hope, heartache and promise of growing up Indigenous in the 21st century.

Director

Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

In 2008, Deer won a Gemini Award in Best Documentary Writing, for Club Native. Her debut doc was the award-winning Mohawk Girls, which she adapted into a TV series that ran for five seasons and was nominated for seven CSAs. Beans has won eleven awards, including Best Picture at the CSAs. Most recently, she directed episodes of the series Three Pines, and is currently working on the feature Thorpe, about Native American Olympic gold medalist Jim Thorpe.

 

Writer

Tracey Deer (Mohawk)

Producers

Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Adam Symansky, Joanne Robertson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Empty

Director Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe)
Year 2009
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation, Documentary, Drama
Set to a song by Little Hawk, this animated story is a daughter's starkly honest tribute to her estranged mother.

Director

Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe)

Writer

Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe)

Producer

Joe MacDonald

Genres

Animation, Documentary, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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Assini

Director Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)
Year 2015
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama
Seven-year-old Assini and her friends often play Cowboys and Indians. But when Assini discovers that she herself is an "Indian," the game takes a new turn.

Director

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis), Melanie Bray

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Vtape