REEL RESERVATIONS: Cinematic Indigenous Sovereignty Series was born with the intention of holding space for indigenous artists. Spaces both virtual and physical that will be a refuge and a canvas for Indigenous artists. Reel Reservations is excited to bear witness to the works of this years selected artists. Reel Reservations has some of the most exciting films screening in western Canada, with an amazing line-up of up from veteran and emerging Indigenous filmmakers.
Colonization Road & The Fast
In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Francis and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. A direct reminder of the little-known Colonization Roads Act of 1872 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.”
In the Fast follows Doreen Manuel on her journey into the Rocky Mountains for a four-day fasting ceremony to tap into her inner power as a storyteller. Doreen has worked for over 20 years to develop the story about her father George Manuel, an Indigenous leader whose leadership and vision could inspire this generation to take Indigenous people into the Fourth World. The stakes are high, the story needs to be told, but Doreen is stuck and unable to tell the story.
Date: February 25th, 2017 (Q&A to follow screening)
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, V6B 1H4)
In her film Angry Inuk, Inuit director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Though most commercial sealing is conducted by Inuit in the Arctic, anti-sealing activism has created a perception of the industry that denies their central role in the sealskin market.
Date: February 23rd, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8)
Price: $12.00 (Adult) | $10.00 (Student/Senior/Accessible) | $9.00 (Youth 18 and under)
Featuring: Four Faces of the Moon, Cree Code, Aks Gyigyiinwa̱xł (Water Prayer), The Takeover, Indian Giver, Stolen , Picking up the Pieces, Blue in the Face, Standing Rock Documentary, Healthy Transitions
Date: February 24th, 2017 (Q&A to follow screening)
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H)