Dene Nahjo presents an evening of Indigenous short films:
1. Cree Code Talker by Alexandra Lazarowich
During the Second World War, the Allied Forces utilized Indigenous language speakers to transmit coded messages that could not be broken. The contributions of Charles “Checker” Tomkins are revealed in this insightful look into how the Cree language was used as a vital secret weapon in combat.
2. How To Steal A Canoe by Amanda Strong
With spoken lyrics by Nishnaabeg poet Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and original score by Cree cellist Cris Derksen, How to Steal a Canoe tells a story of stealing back the precious parts of our selves.
3. Akoó by Mandee McDonald and Amos Scott
On a chilling winter night at a northern bush party, two young men plot to take advantage of two young women. Unbeknownst to them, something is watching them from the cold, dark woods and their sinister plan is about to take an unexpected turn.
4. Scraper by Mandee McDonald, Amos Scott and Deneze Nakehko
A fun night of ‘bush hookups’ turns into a twisted experiment for two beautiful hide tanners.
5. Raven by Razelle Banally
A woman contemplates suicide and decides that her life is worth living after all. After arriving on her motorcycle in the snowy woods, she finds a beautiful but lonely tree where she gets lost in the moment of a decision she has been struggling to keep and experiences an ethereal dream where she comes face to face with the little one that could have been.
Followed by a Q&A moderated by Amos Scott with filmmakers Razelle Banally and Mandee McDonald