Two Spirit Shorts

Sunday Oct 20th


Princess Cinemas


FILMS: Two-Spirit Shorts @ Princess Cinemas, Sun Oct 20 6-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of short films with Two-Spirit Actors, filmmakers, and/or producers. This event is in collaboration with the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centres and the Indigenous Student Association.

2019 | USA | 14 mins
Dir. Ben-Alex Dupris
SWEETHEART DANCERS is a story about Sean and Adrian, a Two-Spirit couple determined to rewrite the rules of Native American culture through their participation in the ‘Sweetheart Dance.’ This celebratory contest is held at powwows across the country, primarily for men and women couples, until now.

2017 | Wikwemikong | 6 mins
Dir. Debbie S. Mishibinijima
Some young 2Spirit youth talk about living their lives and how colonial ideas of gender tend to be enforced by elders during ceremony.

2018 | CANADA | 9 mins
Dir. Evelyn Pakinewatik
Documenting the lives of loved ones during Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

2016 | INNU (CANADA) | 5 mins
Dir. Melissa Mollen Dupuis
Some traditional values were pushed aside by colonisation, and Two-Spirited beings are now bullied and discriminated against. In order to heal, we need to bring back the medicine wheel, the wheel of life.

2018 | ANISHINAABE (USA) | 10 mins
Dir. Shane McSauby
A trans Anishinaabe man meets a young Anishinaabe woman who pushes him to reconnect with their culture. …The strength of Mino Bimaadiziwin lies in its simplicity: it’s a story of two people connecting in the process of reconnecting. The woman, Bangishimogikwe, represents a path forward, but Jim’s marginalization makes this a difficult choice—and he’s not entirely sure about her motives. This is a story about identity, beyond one’s physical appearance or gender, and the aspects of one’s self that are formed in one’s earliest years and experiences that some reject or lose touch with. Native traditions instill beauty and history, focussing on learning through community—it’s about people, not ideas, rooted in language. This is a lyrical and wonderfully honest film that takes small moments and imparts them with surprising resonance

2018 | Dish With One Spoon Treaty | 4 min
Dir. Wāpahkēsīs (Keisha Erwin Roberts)
In My Pride Is, Wāpahkēsīs (Keisha Erwin Roberts) reflects on what Pride means to themselves as a non-binary filmmaker, as well as how it relates to their other marginalized identities. They assert that they can not fully celebrate pride without celebrating their other identities, which is a struggle as an Indigenous person to Turtle Island who lives on land that has been stolen, occupied, and colonized. This film was produced as part of TQFF’s 2018 Indigiqueer Filmmaking Workshop. Wapahkesis is an Urban Indigenous and Black youth currently living on lands governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. They identify as Non-Binary, part of the African Diaspora and Nīhithaw (Woods Cree from Treaty 6 Territory). They are a band member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in North-Central Saskatchewan.

2018 | Tkaronto | 4 min
Dir. Raven Cameron
DND NDNs is about a group of Indigenous Dungeon and Dragons players who come to the end of their campaign with one person left to beat: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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