Three shorts and one feature film will be screened. The shorts include: Cynthia Taylor’s “Truly Traditional,” a story of an elderly Cree woman’s 80 years of life dependent on the land; “One River, All Rivers” by Tom E. Lewis, an indigenous Australian homage to an elder’s message about protecting our rivers and, Kate Brascoupe’s “Tuscarora Corn: Ears of Our Forefathers,” an endearing documentary of the Rickard family. The evening’s feature presentation “The Last Walk” by Jean Guillaume Caplan, is a story of rediscovery and the flooding of ancestral lands along the Eastmain River.
Special film presentations of two works-in-progress will be screened during the festival. Shirley Cheechoo’s newest work-in-progress “Sweet Blood” (working title) is a co-presentation with the Moose Cree Health Services and Diabetes Support Group Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Paul Rickard’s new work-in-progress the “Kidney Transplant Story,” is a co-presentation with Muskeg Media Inc. in partnership with the Weeneebayko Health Ahtuskaywin. This film documents the kidney transplantation process for two patients from the James Bay area.