Film Night: The Decolonizing Lens
Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
Join us for a screening of Tasha Hubbard's Birth of a Family and a new project by Sonya Ballantyne, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. Presented by The Decolonizing Lens, co-organized by Kaila Johnston and Jocelyn Thorpe. Free admission!
6pm doors & reception • 7pm screening
Filmmaker talk to follow
Birth of a Family
Director: Tasha Hubbard | 2016 | 79 min
Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.
Watch the trailer, here.
A new project by Sonya Ballantyne
2017 | 11min
This film tells the story of Indigenous filmmaker Sonya Ballantyne's search for a picture of her grandmother drawn by renowned Anishnabe artist, Daphne Odjig. Delving into her relationship with her grandmother, and exploring the issues of maintaining her ties to her culture and her time on and off the reserve, Sonya seeks to connect with a part of her family history that was found by chance.
Films provided by the National Film Board of Canada.