WAG Offers Free Film Nights Highlighting the Arctic and Indigenous Women Filmmakers

Winnipeg, Manitoba, January 15, 2016: Stay warm and watch free movies this winter at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Being Caribou on January 22 offers a unique look at the North, while Native Women & Film 5 on February 10 unites shorts by Indigenous women filmmakers.

Presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, Being Caribou is a feature-length documentary by husband and wife team Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison. In following a herd of 120,000 caribou across the Arctic tundra, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the animal's survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes, and a very hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition.

Next month features Native Women & Film 5, a series of short films by award-winning and emerging Indigenous women filmmakers. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. NW&F5 is a project of the Women's and Gender Studies Program of the University of Manitoba that brings filmmakers together for dialogue and student engagement.

“The WAG is thrilled to partner with the National Film Board of Canada and the University of Manitoba to engage the community on Northern and Indigenous topics,” states Rachel Baerg, WAG Head of Education. “Both films connect beautifully with two current WAG exhibitions, the George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture and We Are On Treaty Land. And this is just a taste, as we plan to offer more free screenings over the coming months.”

Being Caribou runs approximately 72 minutes and is generously provided by the National Film Board of Canada. Starting at 7pm in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium, both movies are free and do not include Gallery admission.

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Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

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