LANGUAGES OF SOVEREIGNTY – PROGRAM 2, Multiple Directors
Friday, August 30 | 5 PM | Cinematheque
Tickets available on a sliding scale from $5 – $15
Curated by Sonia Medel and Sarah Shamash
Program running time: 109 min
Director: Mileidy Orozco Domicó (Keratuma)
Emberá Yabida, Mutatá, Antioquia/Colombia, 2019
Embera and Spanish with English subtitles | 30 min
Samy, a two-year-old girl accompanied by her grandma and aunt, travels from the city to their rural village, embarking on a ritual journey towards the ancestral land of Embera Eyabida. For the little girl, contact with nature and her cultural roots is new and fascinating: the mud, the ants, the sound of the trees, the flowing water of the river… Like the sounds of the Embera language, everything is a wondrous discovery for Samy who wants to absorb and treasure every moment.
LIVING CULTURE, SPEAKING TRUTH: LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Directors:. Mike Black, Petie Chalifoux, Alex Lazarowich, Roxann Whitebean
English | 39 min
Today there are 70 Indigenous languages in Canada, many of which have seen a decline in transmission from generation to generation. Living Culture, Speaking Truth: Language revitalization in our communities is an insightful documentary that looks through the lens of seven Indigenous communities who have taken initiative by employing their own unique strategies to challenge this decline, and are on the forefront of strengthening and revitalizing their languages. In uplifting, inspiring accounts of resiliency, these communities epitomize the value and significance language has on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
TEKO HAXY – Being Imperfect
Directors: Patrícia Ferreira Pará Yxapy & Sophia Pinheiro
Mbyá Guarani/Brazil, 2019
Mbyá Guarani and Portuguese with English subtitles | 40 min
An intimate finding between two women as they film each other. This experimental documentary is, itself, their relationship: an indigenous filmmaker and a non-indigenous visual artist and anthropologist. With the consciousness of the imperfection of being before them, they go through conflict and perform themselves materially and spiritually. In this process, they find each other alike and opposite in the pertinence of their footage.