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Reciprocal Relations: start activate future days


Join us for a night of Indigenous Excellence with Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre! Curated by KJ Edwards & Theo Cuthand as part of the Reciprocal Relations programme, start activate future days is a programme of four films by native auteurs that push the boundaries of commercial narrative, exploring what it is to exist and build identity in a contemporary world, impacted by, and in spite of, colonial systems.

Terry J. Jones' Savage / Future, Natalie King's Activate NDN Consciousness, and JJ Neepin's Laundry Day offer insight into diverse representations of family history, domestic self, artistic practice and culture in relation to acknowledging and healing from colonial violence. And Shelley Niro's groundbreaking short, made in collaboration with Anna Gronau, It Starts With a Whisper, takes us along on a young woman's journey navigating the oddities of city life, where she reflects on how her traditional and contemporary ways are tethered within her, through memory, imagination, and her connection to place.

Join us for a reception prior and Q&A afterwards with the filmmakers, where we will have the opportunity to hear them discuss their filmmaking practice!

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Reception: 6:30pm

Screening: 7pm (80min with Q&A)

Admission: Free! (18 years or older)

Location: Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, 1411 Dufferin Street, Unit D, Toronto, ON, M6H 4C7

Please note that seating is first come, first served. Limited to 50. Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged during the screening to protect yourself and others.

Screening Lineup:

Savage / Future (dir. Terry J. Jones (Seneca), 2022, 3 min)

Activate NDN Consciousness (dir. Natalie King (Algonquin), 2019, 6 min)

Laundry Day (dir. JJ Neepin (Cree), 2017, 3 min)

It Starts With A Whisper (dir. Shelley Niro (Mohawk) & Anna Gronau,1993, 27 min)

All titles will be screened digitally.

The works in this programme are distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC). Thank you for the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this project.

Image: It Starts With a Whisper, Shelley Niro & Anna Gronau, 1993

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