November 16, 2011

Screw the Drugs music video

Young Aboriginal filmmaker sends strong message to his peersThe 10th anniversary of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival kicked off on November 16th.

Part of the festival involves a program called Building Bridges. It's part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Commemoration Initiative and deals with the impact residential schools have played on many generations.

A special screening of sixteen youth videos is planned for Friday, November 18th. These young Aboriginals were mentored earlier this year as part of the project Our Stories Our Identities.

Fifteen year old Josh Kennedy is one of the youths. His music video is called Screw the Drugs.

SCENE asked Josh about his experience:

Your music video has a strong title. Why did you choose it?

Because I feel very strongly about seeing all my friends being impacted by drugs and alcohol. And it really affects me, seeing them.

How have drugs and substance abuse impacted you and your family?
My family, they drank a lot from being in residential school. What happened was, my grandma was desensitized and didn't know how to properly bond with her sons and daughters.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Crow Rapper Supaman and Noonsacks Rap About Rising Above.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wait, it's called "Screw the Drugs"?

Must...make...image macro. Something like:

Screw the drugs, I have money!

...and I don't plan to waste it on heroin.