Daily Existence: Memories, Experiences, and Stories of Indigenous peoples
Curated by Akira Iahtail and Masa’n AKA Selene Galindo

Watch on line anywhere in Canada from Aug 25 to Sept 4

This 20th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival’s FILMS FROM TURTLE  ISLAND AND BEYOND attempt to show the wide range of stories of numerous people and pueblos that we call Indigeneous from all over Turtle Island  and Abya Yala.

Daily Existence: Memories, Experiences, and Stories of Indigenous peoples program was curated to show the different daily lives of Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island and Abya Yala. Each story varies just as each one is important and shows us perspective of the billions of ways of existence that we call being Indigenous. 

To exist as Indigenous peoples is an active resistance against colonization. Today, we are free to celebrate, to practice traditions, and be ourselves. Although Indigenous people vary across the world, we have something that ties us together, our daily activities. We create memories, experiences, and stories like any other person. This program aims to show the various, beautiful ways that we exist as Indigenous people.  We are people, part of family and community; we celebrate and attend ceremonies; we have traditions and different languages throughout our territories. Even though we all are called Indigenous, these short films demonstrate the different stories and ways of existence in this world. 

Daily Existence: Memories, Experiences, and Stories of Indigenous peoples program invites you to take part in these different and complex stories, experiences, voices, points of views, expressions and emotions. Join us in our screenings and dialogues!

We acknowledge that the Festival takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh territories. Our work is done with gratitude and humility, acknowledging that we celebrate the art of film on stolen land. 

The Wait (La Espera)
Director: Celina Yunuen Manuel
P”urhepecha-Mexico, 2022

Indigenous Lenguage with English and Spanish subtitles
11:41 min
Yazmín and Zenaida, daughter-in-law and mother-in-law, live in a Purépecha community, awaiting the arrival of their husbands; time that will reveal infinite possibilities.

We are not speaking the same language
(Nous Ne Parlons Pas La Meme Langue)
Director: Danika St-Laurent
Canada, 2022

English with English Subtitles
8:17 min
Thinking back on her only phone call with her maternal grandmother, Danika explains her connection to her Indigenous identity (and her grandmother) through beadwork.

(Stories of My Mother)

Director: Danika St-LauDavid Hernández Palmarent
Colombia, 2022

Indigenous Lenguage with English Subtitles
6:43 min

During a visit to her sister Amaliata, Rosa, a wise Wayuu woman, teaches her grandchildren the importance of reciprocity within their culture.

Through Darkness I See You
Director: Jesika Kula
Metis-Canada, 2022

9:47 min

Torn from her family at the age of 4, Eugenea, a Métis teen living in foster care, takes matters into her own hands, to find her stolen family.

Director: Jaime Bernardo Diaz Diaz
Mapuche-Chile, 2022

Indigenous Lenguage And Spanish with English Subtitles
23:20 min
Ngen is a documentary that, through a contemplative and dreamlike journey, shows us the world of Rosa, a Mapuche machi from the town of Fin Fin Boroa, Araucanía Region.

Joko & Putra
Director: Jeissy Trompiz
Indonesia, 2022

Indonesian With English Subtitles
16:00 min
In a small fishing village of Indonesia, Joko (47), a veteran fisherman, is struggling to catch fishes. The contamination for the industrial activities and the plastic pollution on the coastal area, have contributed to reduce the fish population and have made difficult the fishermen’s job.