The Ghosts in Our Machine

Director Liz Marshall
Year 2013
Run Time 93min
Genre Documentary

In a film that explores the rights of non-human animals through the compassionate lens of international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we meet individual animals living within — and rescued from — the machine of our modern world. 

Director

Liz Marshall

Writer

Liz Marshall

Producers

Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT

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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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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

Begone Dull Care

Directors Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart
Year 1949
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
In this extraordinary short animation, Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren painted colours, shapes, and transformations directly on to their filmstrip. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Directors

Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart

Producer

Norman McLaren

Genres

Animation, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Speed Sisters

Director Amber Fares
Year 2015
Run Time 80min
Genre Documentary
The Speed Sisters are the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. They're bold. They're fearless. And they're tearing up tracks all over Palestine.

Director

Amber Fares

Writer

Amber Fares

Producers

Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein, Jessica Devaney

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

The Accountant of Auschwitz

Director Matthew Shoychet
Year 2018
Run Time 78min
Genre Documentary

This powerful documentary chronicles the trial of Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust and a former members of the SS. In 2015, the 94 year old was brought to trial for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jewish people.

This thought-provoking and insightful film explores his life and actions before, after and during the Second World War. An emotionally affecting and intellectually challenging look at responsibility, forgiveness, justice, and the role of an individual in one of human history’s greatest evils.

The runner-up for the audience award at the 2018 Hot Docs festival, this deeply affecting documentary has resonated with critics and audiences around the world.

Director

Matthew Shoychet

Writer

Ricki Gurwitz

Producers

Ric Esther Bienstock, Ricki Gurwitz

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Global Experiences, History

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Aqute Media

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Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees

Directors Janelle Wookey (Métis), Jérémie Wookey (Métis)
Year 2014
Run Time 60min
Genre Documentary

In 2011, close to 4000 First Nation people in Manitoba were forced from their homes after artificially diverted floodwater swamped their communities to save the city of Winnipeg. Most of the evacuees, the majority from Lake St. Martin and Little Saskatchewan First Nations, checked into Winnipeg hotels, assuming they would return to their homes within a couple of weeks. Shockingly, nearly 7 years later over 1700 evacuees remain displaced and continue to be stranded in a political firestorm between First Nation band councils, the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, hotel owners and the federal and provincial governments. The displacement has triggered a rise in substance abuse and suicide rates. Plans for getting people home seem to be at a standstill. Interspersing intimate clips of everyday life with footage of heated political debates, this deeply intimate documentary tells the unexpected story of the real people behind the national headlines of the 2011 Manitoba flood.

Directors

Janelle Wookey (Métis), Jérémie Wookey (Métis)

Writers

Janelle Wookey (Métis), Jérémie Wookey (Métis)

Producer

Janelle Wookey (Métis)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

APTN

What is Democracy?

Director Astra Taylor
Year 2018
Run Time 117min
Genre Documentary
An exploration of what the word democracy means, and how it has evolved over the years from its birth in Athens to its global impact in the 21st century.

Director

Astra Taylor

Writer

Astra Taylor

Producer

Lea Marin

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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No Crying at the Dinner Table

Director Carol Nguyen
Year 2019
Run Time 16min
Genre Documentary
Director Carol Nguyen reflects on a family tragedy through a series of interviews, exposing how trauma and grief can remain in the shadows for too long.
 

Director

Carol Nguyen

Producers

Carol Nguyen, Aziz Zoromba

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

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Yéil (Raven)

Director Shaunoh
Year 2021
Run Time 5min
Genre Drama

An artistic retelling of the story of how Raven brought the sun, moon and stars into our world.

Director

Shaunoh

Cast

Guna Megan Jensen

Producer

Maggie Mac

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Apaja’simk (The Return)

Director Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw)
Year 2018
Run Time 10min
Genre Comedy, Drama
Glooscap, the creator of the Mi’kmaq people, sends a messenger to present day Mi’kma’ki to see how his people are faring and report back.

Director

Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw)

Writer

Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw)

Cast

Tapit Gould, Miranda Gould, Noel Julien

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

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Four Faces of the Moon

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2016
Run Time 13min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family
This intricate stop-motion animation interlaces Canada’s colonial past with writer-director Amanda Strong’s personal family history — and illuminates Cree, Métis, and Anishinaabe reclamation of culture, language, and Nationhood.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

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

Cast

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producer

Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Taxi Libre

Director Kaveh Nabation
Year 2010
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama

Jose Garcia was a doctor in his home country. Now, as a taxi driver in Canada, he must cope with a playfully taunting prospective employer who takes a seat in his cab.

Director

Kaveh Nabation

Writer

Kaveh Nabation

Cast

Omar Alexis Ramos Torres, Alain Cadieux, Marco Ledezma

Producers

Alexandra Yanofsky, Kat Baulu

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Newcomer Stories

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Baba

Director Jonathan Lawley
Year 2006
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
Different people, cultures and styles of dance come together in one expression of love and life. Choreographed by Tré Armstrong.

Director

Jonathan Lawley

Writer

Jonathan Lawley

Cast

Stacey Armstrong, Cassidy DeFreitas, Alana Elmer

Producer

Wayne Lawley

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories

Original Language

Other Language

In Her Place

Director Albert Shin
Year 2014
Run Time 115min
Genre Drama
In this compelling drama from writer-director Albert Shin, a wealthy woman from Seoul seeks to secretly adopt the unborn child of a troubled teenager from a desolate farm in the South Korean countryside. As the teenager’s pregnancy progresses, their business transaction becomes something that is far more complicated than they first expected.

Set against the misty South Korean countryside, the film treats its three subjects with equal affection, and Shin delivers an honest, powerful drama that packs an enormous emotional punch.

Director

Albert Shin

Writers

Pearl Ball-Harding, Albert Shin

Cast

Ji-hye Ahn, Hae-yeon Kil, Kyung-Ik Kim, Da-Kyung Yoon

Producers

Igor Drljaca, Albert Shin, Hyun Chan Yoon

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Global Experiences

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

A71

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Tia and Piujuq

Director Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk)
Year 2018
Run Time 80min
Genre Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Tia (Bshara) is a 10-year-old refugee from Syria, living in Montreal and struggling to make friends and feel comfortable in her new environment. While her parents are preoccupied with her mother’s pregnancy and the challenges of everyday life in a new place, Tia is left mostly to her own devices. 

Everything changes when she discovers a magical portal that transports her to Igloolik, a community in the Arctic Circle. There she meets Piujuq (Tulugarjuk), an Inuk girl who she quickly forms a deep bond with in spite of their cultural differences. Through their friendship, the stories of Piujuq’s grandmother, and their wanderings across the striking northern landscape, the girls are immersed in Inuit myth and magic. 

A heartwarming magical-realist fable about friendship and discovery, Tia and Piujuq is a delightful adventure for all ages. 

Director

Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk)

Writers

Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk), Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Samuel Cohn-Cousineau

Cast

Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk (Inuk), Madeline Piujuq Ivalu (Inuk)

Genres

Drama, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Inuktitut, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles, Other Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Isuma Distribution International

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Blood Quantum

Director Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)
Year 2019
Run Time 96min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

The term “blood quantum” refers to a colonial system enforced on Indigenous peoples in North America which determines their individual status and rights based on their “percentage” of Indigenous ancestry. It is a tool of control, assimilation and erasure of Indigenous peoples.


In this brilliantly provocative horror film set in an isolated Mi’kmaq community, the Indigenous population remains immune to a raging zombie virus infecting the surrounding white population.


Blood soaked, fast paced and darkly comic, Blood Quantum is a wild ride using the zombie genre as a vehicle to explore white supremacy, colonialism, genocide and Indigenous self-determination.

Director

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Writer

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree), Forrest Goodluck (Diné/Mandan/Hidatsa/Tsimshian)

Producers

John Christou, Robert Vroom

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

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Shin Chi’s Canoe

Director Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua)
Year 2018
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama

Through his father’s gift of a secret and tiny hand-carved cedar canoe, an Indigenous child discovers the strength and resilience to endure his first year at a residential school.

Director

Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua)

Writers

Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua), Kate Kroll

Cast

Zayne Jasper

Producers

Kate Kroll, Allan Hopkins (N’quatwua)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Bootlegger

Director Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)
Year 2021
Run Time 81min
Genre Drama

Driven by a desire to spark change in her community, young activist Mani (Jacobs) returns to her reserve from the big city to promote the ending of alcohol prohibition on her reserve. When she runs into opposition from the local convenience store owner Nadine (Poupart), the two square off, forcing the divisive issue into the spotlight leading to unexpected consequences.  

This critically acclaimed first feature from Caroline Monnet is a thought-provoking and timely look at an ongoing debate that rarely gets the media attention it deserves. 

 

Director

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)

Writers

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin), Daniel Watchorn

Cast

Pascale Bussières, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk), Joséphine Bacon (Innu), Joshua Odjick (Algonquin/Anishinaabe), Samian (Algonquin)

Producer

Catherine Chagnon

Genre

Drama

Interests

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

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

MK2 Mile End

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Je m’appelle humain (Call Me Human)

Director Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2020
Run Time 78min
Genre Documentary

After spending most of her life working as an Innu language translator and transcriber, Joséphine Bacon rose to fame late in life in her second career as an award-winning poet. This moving profile frames her life and work in a new context, offering a deeply personal look at an important literary figure in Canada.

Je m'appele humain premiered at the Quebec City Film Festival to great acclaim, and went on to receive four Prix Iris nominations, including Best Documentary.

Director

Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki)

Writers

Kim O'Bomsawin (Abenaki), Nathalie Gressin

Cast

Joséphine Bacon (Innu)

Producer

Andrée-Anne Frenette

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Languages

French, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Maison 4:3