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Winnipeg Cinematheque: Keepers Of The Earth

By Mike Everleth ⋅ July 30, 2010

Interior theater of the Winnipeg Cinematheque

Aug. 5
7:30 p.m.
Winnipeg Cinematheque
100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1H3

Hosted by: Winnipeg Film Group

Filmmaker Michelle Latimer has curated a lineup of short films celebrating the work of Indigenous female filmmakers, which also includes her own film, Tomorrow, that was commissioned for the LIFT 2007 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival.

While the numbers of Indigenous women using film to communicate their life stories to the world at large, they’re still a tiny minority within the larger film community and getting their work exhibited is challenging. Latimer hopes that through screening events such as this one, the profile of these filmmakers will grow. According to Latimer,

Within this work you will find reflected a playful exploration of feminine sexuality, the nuanced complexities of motherhood, and an intuitive acknowledgement of life and loss. In their own unique way, each of these films bridge the divide of gender and politics to reveal the profound human bond that connects us all.

Latimer is most well-known to Canadian audiences as one of the actresses on the popular soap opera Paradise Falls, plus she’s appeared in the film Resident Evil: Apocalypse and the miniseries Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town. But, she’s also committed to promoting human rights through the arts and is a member of The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Women in Film and Television (WIFT) and other organizations.

Here’s the full lineup of films screening at this event:

La Recontre (The Meeting), dir. Marie-Ève Aster
Rethinking Anthem, dir. Nadia Myre
Love on the Street, dir. Kerry Potts
Postscript, dir. Shannon Letandre
Empty, dir. Jacqueline Traverse
Kir Otci Ntcotco (For You, Mom), dir. Mariana Niquay-Ottawa
Le Reve D’une Mere (A Mother’s Dream), dir. Marie-Eve Grignon
eu•tha•na•sia, dir. Jani Lauzon
Tomorrow, dir. Michelle Latimer
Honey For Sale, dir. Amanda Strong
Savoiur Complex, dir. Ariel Smith
Canned Meat / Immobilized, dir. Terril Calder
Lady Raven, dir. Christiana Latham
The Visit, dir. Lisa Jackson