Exploring the profound influence of Native American music and musicians on rock and pop, this assertive and engaging doc (winner of the Audience Award and Best Canadian Film awards at Hot Docs) sets the record straight, with reference to Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Saint Marie, Robbie Robertson, and more.
Following the screening, please join us for a conversation with Indigenous singer-songwriter, activist, and storyteller Pura Fé, moderated by Doreen Manuel, a celebratory reception with a performance by M’Girl singers. Accessibility: VIFF offers a limited number of complimentary tickets per screening to anyone who self-identifies as Indigenous.
Pura Fé is an artist, activist, and storyteller of Tuscarora and Taino heritage, known for her impassioned vocals, slide guitar fireworks, and powerful songs that touch on folk, gospel, and blues traditions. In 1987, she co-founded the renowned Indigenous women’s a cappella group Ulali, and since 1995 she’s been releasing solo albums and collaborating with the likes of Indigo Girls and Robbie Robertson.
Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa), MFA, is the sixth child of Grand Chief George Manuel and Spiritual Leader Marceline Manuel. She is an award-winning filmmaker with an extensive background as a leader working in First Nations education and community development. She is the Director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, which is a state-of-the art facility housing 8000+ square feet of studio space and extensive inventory of advanced film industry equipment. She serves on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Network, Vancouver International Film Festival, and Women in View. She is a Partner of the Talent to Watch Telefilm Fund. She is a Matriarch with the IM4 virtual and augmented reality-training program, an advisor on the TELUS Storyhive fund Indigenous envelope, Telefilm Indigenous Working Group, and Motion Picture Production Association of BC Equity and Inclusion Committee. Doreen is also a founder and instructor for the WIFTV Tricksters and Writers feature film screenwriting program, a founder of the Indigenous Digital Accelerator multi-million-dollar fund and the founder of Filmmakers in Indigenous Leadership and Management Business Affairs training program.
M’Girl’s percussive based hand drum songs blends harmonies into a contemporary gospel style, reflecting both their cultural practice and their personal story of home. Led by Renae Morriseau, their music reflects their personal journeys and cultural worldviews held respectfully by each M’Girl living within the urban environment of the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada.