Carleton student Christopher Wong and alum Howard Adler have organized Ottawa’s first-ever indigenous film and media event, the 1st annual Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival. The festival is scheduled to coincide with National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2012. This event will include renowned artists and speakers such as architect Douglas Cardinal and academic Leanna Simpson.
The festival contains an activist component and will sponsor several indigenous youth to travel to the nation’s capital for a week to participate in a residency program and learn how to create music and videos. Their shorts will be screened at the festival.
This event promises to be an excellent venue for advancing works from emerging and established indigenous artists, both nationally and internationally. Such a festival helps Canadians understand the realities of indigenous peoples in this country.
The festival aims to:
- Highlight works that examine indigenous issues and topics
- Support media artists and filmmakers
- Promote indigenous cultures and language
- Educate people about First Nations, Métis and Inuit issues in Canada and about indigenous issues internationally
- Provide a space where indigenous peoples can tell their own stories and see their culture reflected back at them, and
- Entertain and be innovative
Below is the link to the festival webpage: http://www.asinabkafestival.org/asinabkafestival/Home.html
Events will be held at a variety of locations. Please refer to schedule for details.
June 18 to 24, 2012
All film programs are $10 each
Tickets will be available June 13th from locations TBA
Opening and closing nights, are free or PWYC! Midnight Shorts Program is also free or PWYC.
Tickets for the June 21 Gallery Crawl will be available at the door.
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