With the Canada150 celebrations focusing on Canada’s 150th birthday and the cry from Indigenous peoples to remember they had been on this land for 15000 years Ruth Bowes stumbled on the NFB’s Indigenous Cinema Tour and decided that sharing some of the available films with the Eden Mills community was a way for us to learn more about the founding people of the land we live on. Here is a list of the dates and a short summary by Ruth as to why each film in the series was selected. All films are free, however; donations to the hall are generously accepted.
EMCC Cinema Dates
Friday, September 15th 7:30-9pm: ANGRY INUK: In organizing the NFB movie series Ruth saw this award winning film at the 2016 Guelph Film Festival and was struck by the story behind the story that she had never heard before. First, the evening will start with a short animation entitled “The Bear Facts” a funny look at the first encounter of an indigenous person and a colonial settler. The issues faced by indigenous people today are no different than those captured in this four-minute brief animation: we will see them played out in the more serious and controversial documentary ANGRY INUK (to read more and watch trailer click here).
Friday, January 19th 7:30-9:30pm: THE ROAD FORWARD
(doors open at 6:45pm; 7-7:30 Drum Circle; After the film stay for discussion if you want. Drawn to this film because of the musical component Ruth decided it would be a great kick-off to the 2018 NFB Eden Mills screening as it provides the viewer with a history of native activism starting in the 1930’s through the eyes of ancestors of the original leaders fighting for native rights. The viewer learns through song, newspaper clippings, vignettes about the Nationhood of Brothers and the Native Voice. To watch the trailer and more details click here.
Friday, Feb 9th 7:30-9pm: BIRTH of a FAMILY – This month’s film was chosen because we celebrate Family Day on February 19th 2018. What better way to think about the importance of families than to learn about four Dene siblings removed from their young mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous ‘Sixties Scoop’. The four siblings are brought together after decades apart and are able to piece together their shared history, deepening their connection, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape. View the trailer and read more.
Friday, March 23rd 7:30-9pm: Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole / Totem: Return & Renewal – Selected from Ruth’s personal interest in art and artifacts. Having seen many exhibits of indigenous people’s objects and possessing a knowledge that many of these items were taken, not donated, it is her hope to learn more through these two films: the removal and return the G’psgolox Pole. Click here for more information about these two movies.
Saturday, April 21st 7:30-9pm: OUR NATIONHOOD – Earth day April 21st 2018 is the inspiration for selecting this documentary as it focuses on a community fighting to have their denied traditional rights to the land returned to them in order to manage logging in a sustainable way. Ironically the same government awarded the community for Best Managed River (for fishing). View for more information.