Two Winnipeg Premieres Kick Off New Season of Decolonizing Lens Film Series

Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 29, 2017: The Decolonizing Lens film and discussion series is back this fall at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Mark your calendar with upcoming dates to take in free screenings of work by Indigenous filmmakers through a collaboration with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the University of Manitoba.

Kicking off September 7, attend the Winnipeg premiere of Tasha Hubbard’s Birth of Family and a new project by Sonya Ballantyne. A reception starts at 6pm with films beginning at 7pm, followed by a discussion with directors Hubbard and Ballantyne.

Birth of a Family follows how three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary.  Ballantyne’s project tells the story of the filmmaker’s search for a picture of her grandmother drawn by a renowned Anishnabe artist. 

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a space for community to experience art that enriches an understanding and connection with our complex world. Supporting Indigenous voices through film and dialogue is an important way to do just that,” states Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curatorial Resident of Indigenous and Contemporary Art. “Partnering with Decolonizing Lens and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation allows us all to share more perspectives with the community and hear directly from the filmmakers.”

Mark your calendar with upcoming film dates at the WAG (rush seating):
November 9
February 8, 2018

“The series aims to make space to experience the work of Indigenous artists and time to listen to Indigenous voices. Indigenous filmmakers are doing truly innovative and exciting work, and we are thrilled to be able to make it easy for people to experience and learn from,” states Kaila Johnston, NCTR research coordinator and Jocelyn Thorpe, University of Manitoba associate professor of women’s and gender studies, and Decolonizing Lens co-organizers.

Decolonizing Lens is a free Winnipeg film and discussion series featuring the work and words of Indigenous filmmakers. The program is sponsored by the NCTR, the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund, and the University of Manitoba.

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For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

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