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Films for National Indigenous Peoples and Pride Month

Water Warriors: Nothing in This World Can Live Without Water

"Water Warriors is the story of a community's successful resistance against the oil and gas industry. When an energy company begins searching for natural gas in New Brunswick, Canada, indigenous and white families unite to drive out the company in a campaign to protect their water and way of life. In 2013, Texas-based SWN Resources arrived in New Brunswick, Canada to explore for natural gas. The region is known for its forestry, farming and fishing industries, which are both commercial and small-scale subsistence operations that rural communities depend on. In response, a multicultural group of unlikely warriors-including members of the Mi'kmaq Elsipogtog First Nation, French-speaking Acadians and white, English-speaking families-set up a series of road blockades, preventing exploration. After months of resistance, their efforts not only halted drilling; they elected a new government and won an indefinite moratorium on fracking in the province."--from publisher.

 

Everything Must Come to Light

This documentary focuses on the lives of three dynamic lesbian women who are sangomas (traditional healers) living in Soweto, South Africa. They are articulate, sympathetic women who are willing to share their stories. After leaving their husbands, two of the women were able to explore their sexuality in relation to other women as a result of their dominant male ancestors instructing them to take wives. The relationship with their ancestors and the roles that they play in their healing powers as well as their sexuality, are focal points in this documentary.

Gaysians: Queer Asian-Americans Share Their Stories

Gaysians is an exploration of family, immigration and language through the voices of five queer and trans Asian-Americans from New York City. The subjects share stories about their families, and in doing so, shed light on the complicated histories that have shaped these intimate and personal relationships. This moving short is an illuminating patchwork documentary exploring family and culture through the personal stories of a diverse panoply of LGBTQ individuals.

100 Aboriginal Women

"In July 1981, one hundred aboriginal women and their children occupied the Department of Indian Affairs in Vancouver B.C., to bring national attention to the destructive effects of DIA policies on their bands and on their entire people. This video covers their occupation, arrest, and later support activity."--Container.

Firebear Called Them Faith Healers: An Aboriginal Story

What is a story? What power is in our experiences? Firebear Called Them Faith Healers presents vignettes of oral storytelling, from the life experience of Métis author Richard Van Camp. Seven people, of different ages and race, stand over a white background to tell a story in three vignettes: The Dream, The Fight and The Faith Healers. Lines from the vignettes are passed from one storyteller to the next to form one over- arching story of a mysterious man, “The Quiet One”, who haunts their dreams and their lives. Told from the , Firebear Called Them Faith Healers questions the forces that exists above what we can see touch or hear and will stimulate discussion on storytelling, filmmaking and spirituality.

Stand Together

Stand Together is a documentary on the lesbian and gay liberation movement in Canada between 1967 and 1987 focusing on the human rights amendment campaign in Ontario. It draws together a rich body of documents, images and rarely seen archival footage with dramatizations and interviews, to bring to life a moving legacy. Stand Together, is a case study of a human and civil rights movement, a story of justice denied and victories won, outrage and humour, celebration and humanity.

Colonization Road

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 Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of "Canadian settlement." On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about "reconciliation" and what it means to "decolonize."

INAATE/SE/: it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./

"The Seven Fires Prophecy is an ancient Ojibwe story said to have foretold the arrival of Europeans in North America, and the devastating consequences on their community. Each of the first prefigures a particular era of time, and warns or prepares the people for its defining challences. INAATE/SE/ re-imagines this prophecy and explores how it resonates across the gernations in the indigenous Anishinaabe-Ojibwe community of Sault Ste. Marie, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Some believe the current generation to be emerging as the seventh fire generation. The seventh fire envisioned a re-tracing of steps, a return to roots, and a spiritual rebirth of a people. As INAATE/SE/ fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity, it simultaneously explores and re-imagines the past and the future of the Ojibwe people"--Container.

Non, je ne regrette rien = no regret

"Through music, poetry and quiet, at times, chilling self-disclosure, five sero-positive Black gay men speak of their individual confrontation with AIDS, illuminating the difficult journey Black men throughout America make in coping with the personal and social devastation of the epidemic. From panic, resignation and silence to the discovery of the redemptive, healing power in being vocal and visible as HIV-positive Black gay men, each tells a singular and at the same time familiar story of self-transformation - a story in which a once shameful, unmentionable 'affliction' is forged into a tool of personal and communal empowerment"--Container.

Pedro

Celebrate the extraordinary life of Pedro Zamora, a young man who, when he found out he was HIV positive at 17, made the courageous decision to dedicate the rest of his life to speaking out about his condition in an attempt to raise awareness about the disease in his community.