Montréal First Peoples FestivalFrom August 7 to 13
The International First Peoples' Festival announces that an evolving program, with the general theme of Nomade Land, is about to commence. Innovative and out of isolation, it will extend from August to November, and will be constantly evolving. The big start will be on August 7: a first cinema program with 7 feature films shown at the Cinéma du Musée every day until August 13th at 8:00 p.m. as part of the official competition (award ceremony in November).
We will be able to see the Quebec premiere of Sanctorum by Joshua Gil, selected in Venice (Critics' Week), and Panquiaco by Ana Elena Tejera, selected in Rotterdam. These two films were shot with the participation of Indigenous communities, one of them the Mixe of Mexico, the other the Guna of Panama: the weight of history and memory, a dimension that is dreamlike, even fantastic, open to a timescale of centuries while the tragedies of the present - deforestation, drug trafficking, ecocide - continue to hit hard.
Struggles and spirituality are closely linked in the everyday reality of the Indigenous populations of the Americas, and the films bear witness to this: the insistent call of the spirits of the mountain (Ushui, la luna y el trueno by Rafael Roberto Mojica Gil); disappearances and femicides (Rustic Oracle, by Sonia Bonspille Boileau, encore showing, APTN Award); protection of ancestral land with, as a starting point, a remarkable marriage between an Asháninka man and a non-Indigenous woman (Antonio e Piti by Vincent Carelli and Wewito Piyãko). Unique and not to be missed, the third feature-length fiction film by Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe takes us on a spirited trip to the Indigenous Bohemia of Albuquerque (Fukry). Finally, the great Alanis Obomsawin, a veteran filmmaker, will be present to talk about her latest film Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger about the child whose death brought about a major legislative change in Canada.
Other films to come, in theatres or online, will be announced at a later date.