A collection of short films explores the indigenous experience.
Somnium, which is Latin for dream, reaches out to all people as a modern creation myth. This animated film draws on influences as diverse as African tribal masks, 60's psychedelia and contemporary graphic design, to take the viewer on a journey through the elements of life.
Directed by Noah Wohl, Nima Ehtemam
In Choke, Jimmy leaves his northern First Nations reservation to pursue a life in the city, but quickly realizes that urban life is not quite what he'd imagined. As he encounters the lost souls of the city, he is reminded that no matter how far you travel, you cannot escape who you are. Inspired by the late, First Nations artist Kyle Morrisseau, Choke uses stop-motion animation to explore themes of urban isolation and the individual search for identity within modern society.
Directed by Michelle Latimer
Tungijuq is a thought-provoking meditation on the seal-hunt and what it means to the traditional way of life for the Inuit. Starring the charismatic Inuit singer-artist, Tanya Tagaq, produced by Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn and Stéphane Rituit, directed by Félix Lajeunesse, Isuma's first computer-generated video mixes live action and computer animation. Tungijuq is a cinematic and musical expression of the organic and indisputable reality of hunting in Inuit culture.
Directed by Stephane Rituit
File Under Miscellaneous is set in a dystopic metropolitan hellscape where a spiritually exhausted and destitute Mi'gMaq man has resolved to assimilate into the ruling culture. He visits a surgical clinic – the display window littered with skin and limb samples – and undergoes a gruesome procedure to rid him of his red skin.
Written/Directed by Jeff Barnaby
Produced by John Christou
In Games of the North, four Inuit athletes travel throughout Alaska competing in the ancestral games of strength. Acrobatic and explosive, these sports are vital for survival in the hostile Arctic. As waves of change sweep across their traditional lands, their role is stronger than ever.
Directed by Jonathon Stanton
In the film Boxed In, a young woman of mixed ancestry struggles with an Equal Opportunity Form that requires her to respond to the dilemma: Ethnicity – Choose One.
Directed by Shane Belcourt