The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will once again take place in Toronto this year, with a slate of in-person events October 18-23, followed by online festival selections October 24-30.
The opening night gala, to be held at TIFF Bell Lightbox, will center on Darlene Naponse’s “Stellar”, an Anishinaabe director. The film is a self-reflective piece about the connections people make to each other, each other, and the planet as a whole, explored through the lens of a catastrophic meteor crash on Earth that traps two lovers in a small northern bar. of Ontario.
Throughout the festival, more than 147 works from 16 countries in more than 55 Indigenous languages will be presented, including 19 feature films, 13 “thematic short film programs”, nine digital and interactive works and a mix of audio, music , exhibitions and other arts. .
Closing the October 23 physical event will be heralded by Gail Maurice’s “Rosie” (Cree/Métis), a film about a young Indigenous orphan who moves in with her “resourceful” aunt, set against the fringe of 1980s Montreal .
Keep an eye out for other features, like Henry Vallejo’s “Powerful Chief” (Aymara) following Elisban as he arrives and survives in a homeless, broke town; “The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson” by Leah Purcell (Goa-Gungarri-Wakka Wakka Murri) in which a mother is pushed to the limit of what she will do to protect her loved ones; and “We Are Still Here”, a film by eight different Aotearoa directors in which eight tales are intertwined to create a story of hope and survival.
For documentaries, watch the true crime documentary “Bring Her Home” by Leya Hale (Dakota/Diné), a film about the intergenerational impact of being a state ward titled “A Boy Called Piano – The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu” by Nina Nawalowalo (Fijian) and a documentary about an “Indian cowboy”, “Kaatohkitopii: The Horse He Never Rode” by Trevor Solway (Blackfoot).
“imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the largest Indigenous festival in the world showcasing film, video, audio, digital and interactive media created by Indigenous screen content creators. The festival features compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the world, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives and cultures in contemporary media,” reads the release. press announcing the event.
Festival tickets are available at the imagineNATIVE box office.