Nigamowin: The Sounds of Native Canada
Special Performance to be Presented at Wairoa Maori Film Festival
The Wairoa Maori Film Festival is proud to announce the presentation of "Nigamowin" the sounds of Native Canada presented by Asinabka Film and Media Art Festival in Ottawa. "Nigamowin" with live-score performance by Melody McKiver, will be presented at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival on Saturday June 4th.
Nigamown is curated by Howard Adler & Christopher Wong from the Asinabka Festival (Ottawa, Canada). The theme of this film program is auditory, which includes music, using ones voice, speaking, singing, drumming, storytelling, and bringing empowerment to people through sound. In the Anishinaabe language, the word for singing, or song, isNigamowin. Songs are an integral part of traditional Anishinaabe culture and language, and are often accompanied by the drum, which is said to be the heartbeat of mother earth. The films in this program all use songs, music, or the auditory, to tell stories, and to amplify meaning. Through these films, Nigamowin becomes the site of resistance to colonialism, racism, police violence, and the ongoing legacy of residential schools. Through these films, Nigamowin also becomes a metaphor through which strength in Indigenous cultures, languages, identities, and histories is found. Indigenous filmmakers from Canada produced all the works in this program.
Program (65 min.)
• Ga Waabmin Gaye / Nemolnek Elt Ni’nen (4:00)
• Edmazinbiiget (10:58)
• Disruption is Inevitable (6:23)
• O Canada (1:27)
• Mobilize (2:48)
• The Dancing Cop (6:10)
• Call and Response (5:17)
• Throat Song (18:00)
• Jesus Coyote Teevee (10:34)
Melody McKiver (Anishinaabe) • 4:00 • 2014 • Canada • No dialogue
Live Score Presentation
In a study of Indigenous identity and belonging, this experimental short documents the filmmaker’s creation of Anishinaabe and Mi’Kmaw language-based graffiti art in rural landscapes, in both Northern Ontario and Eastern Canada.
Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe musician, media artist, and arts programmer, of mixed ancestry from Obishikokaang (Lac Seul First Nation), and Scottish/Lithuanian origins. As a solo performer, they explore the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping. They are currently preparing a self-titled LP of works for viola, to be released in the spring of 2016, and a digital/cassette release with their experimental duo, Lyubov Orlova.
Christian Chapman (Anishinaabe) • 10:58 • 2014 • Canada • No dialogue - Live Score Presentation
Edmazinbiiget, (Anishinabe for he/she who draws), played by Vov Abraxas (Oji-Cree), was shot entirely in Chapman’s community of Fort William First Nation on Super 8 film. It is a fictitious narrative about a secluded recluse who lives off the land with a need to create art, at a time when the Woodland Style of art was in its infancy.
Christian Chapman is of Anishnaabeg heritage from Fort William First Nation. His interests include painting, printmaking and film. Chapman uses storytelling as a main theme in his practice to compose his images. The act of storytelling has been an important part of his life: it has informed identity and personal experiences.
Yuma Dean Hester (Ojibwa/Cree) • 6:23 • 2015 • No dialogue
Post Rock Outfit "The Gentlemen Soundgoods" provides the soundtrack to this meditative film reflecting on the landscapes of Northern Ontario and Central Manitoba. Horizons, seasons, and scenery merge in an impressionistic manner, allowing for contemplation on our relationship with the Earth.
Yuma Dean Hester (Ojibwa/Cree) is an emerging filmmaker and musician from Chippewa’s of Nawash First Nation.
Annie Morrison (Mi’gmaq) • 1:27 • 2015 • Quebec, Canada • Mi’gmaq
In this film, Annie performs the Canadian national anthem in her native Mi’gmaq language.
Annie Morrison is a young Mi’gmaq currently living in Listuguj, Quebec. She enjoys dancing and singing and is proud of her culture.
Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) • 2:48 • 2015 • Canada • No dialogue
At once a history project and a call to action, Mobilize mashes up images of Indigenous labour from the far north to the urban south. Featuring a haunting score by contemporary Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq.
Caroline Monnet (Algonquin) is an award-winning filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist and a member of the ITWE Collective. She works in film/video, printmaking and installation, and has been exhibiting in galleries and film festivals around the world. Her short videos Ikwé and Warchild were both selected for TIFF and her most recent short film Gephyrophobia was selected for Telefilm's Not Short on Talent showcase at Cannes.
Kelvin Redvers (Deninu K'ue First Nations) • 6:10 • 2012 • Canada • English
Two worlds collide in an unnerving musical number exploring the dark side of justice and the power of authority.
Kelvin Redvers (Deninu K'ue First Nations) began his film career at age 15. Originally from the Northwest Territories, his work has screened at Toronto International Film Festival, Oldenburg International Film Festival and several other festivals. He is currently writing his first feature.
Craig Commanda (Anishinaabe) • 05:17 • 2014 • English
Expressing an internal struggle of identity and belonging, this film connects the filmmaker’s practice of contemporary music, with traditional Indigenous music.
Craig Commanda is an Anishnabe musician and filmmaker from Kitigan Zibi First Nation. He plays guitar and bass, and scores the music to his own films as well as for other film projects and collaborations.
MATURE CONTENT R16
Miranda De Pencier • Producer: Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Inuk) • 18:00 • 2011
• English and Inuktitut with English Subtitles • Rated 18A
A young Inuit woman searches for a way out of her abusive relationship only to find the voice she thought she'd lost forever.
Stacey Aglok MacDonald (Inuk) is an independent producer, born in Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Her company, Puhitaq, is dedicated to producing quality films that promote education, wellness and social reflection.
Chris Bose ( N’lakapamux) • 10:34 • 2011 • Canada • English & N’lakapamux
Mixed imagery of Indigenous and non-Indigenous spirituality overlaps in a cacophony of carefully crafted visual juxtapositions of values and desires, historical interpretations and urban reality.
Chris Bose (N’lakapamux) is a Kamloops-based writer, artist, musician and filmmaker. His book, Stone the Crow, was released by Kegedonce Publishing. Through his artwork, Chris wrestles with the traumatic intergenerational effects of residential school on his family.