“Grandfather,” “Angirattut” make imagineNATIVE slate

Zacharias Kunuk's Angirattut (pictured) and Candace Maracle's The Grandfather of All Treaties are among the slate of docs selected for the 16th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
September 22, 2015

The 16th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has unveiled its official selection of feature-length documentaries.

The Toronto-based event, presented by Bell Media, will showcase the world premiere of Zacharias Kunuk‘s Angirattut (pictured), an Inuktitut language film presented intentionally without English subtitles; Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace, chronicling the legal battle of a Maori activist following an illegal police raid on his community; and Darlene Johnson’s The Redfern Story, focusing on the National Black Theatre movement in a primarily Indigenous neighborhood in Sydney during a critical time in Australian political history.

Additional documentaries slated to screen at the festival include Candace Maracle’s The Grandfather of All Treaties, detailing the story of the Two Row Wampum treaty between the First Nations of Turtle Island and European settlers; Omar Osiris Ponce Nava’s Historias de la Sierra Madre, spotlighting the threat of Western Mexico’s people losing their land and water; and Kelrick Martin’s Prison Songs, a musical documentary sharing stories and experiences through songs created by inmates of Berrimah Prison in Northern Australia.

According to organizers, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the largest Indigenous film festival to showcase distinctive works from Canada and abroad illustrating Native art and culture in contemporary media.

The festival will run in Toronto from October 14 to 18.

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