Part 1 of the State Violence & Indigenous Resistance Film Screening Series, organized by the Indigenous Education Network at OISE – U of T.
Join us for a FREE screening of Savage (d. Lisa Jackson, 2009) and Birth of a Family (d. Tasha Hubbard, 2016) followed by a discussion & response by artists Lisa Myers and Anique Jordan.
Doors open at 6:30pm. FREE event, all are welcome. ASL interpretation provided. No tickets or registration required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. There will be reserved seating in the front row for Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing folks & their companions.
Savage is in Cree with English subtitles.
Birth of a Family is in English with English captioning.
Innis College is a wheelchair accessible building. There are 4 dedicated spaces in the Innis Town Hall theatre for wheelchairs, and a number of barrier free seats in the rear row of seating. All other seats are down a set of steps.
There is a single-user, barrier-free, all-gender washroom on the first floor of the building.
If you have specific questions about accessibility, please get in touch with us!
*ABOUT THE FILMS*
BIRTH OF A FAMILY directed by Tasha Hubbard, 79 min.
Synopsis from https://www.nfb.ca/film/birth_of_a_family/
“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 by director Tasha Hubbard.
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.”
SAVAGE directed by Lisa Jackson, 6 min.
Synopsis from http://lisajackson.ca/Savage
“On a summer day in the 1950s, a native girl watches the countryside go by from the backseat of a car. A woman at her kitchen table sings a lullaby in her Cree language. When the girl arrives at her destination, she undergoes a transformation that will turn the woman’s gentle voice into a howl of anger and pain.
In a place like this, there aren’t many chances to be a kid. But, when no one’s watching…
A residential school musical.”
*ABOUT THE RESPONDENTS*
Anique Jordan is a multi-disciplinary artist, award-winning writer, scholar and social-entrepreneur. As an artist, her artwork plays with the aesthetics found in traditional Trinidadian carnival and the theory of hauntology challenging historical narratives and creating, what she calls, impossible images. She is currently a curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Executive Director of Whippersnapper Gallery.
Learn more about her work at https://aniquejjordan.com/
Lisa Myers is an independent curator and artist with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Myers has a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial practice from OCAD University. Her recent work involves printmaking, stop-motion animation and performance. Since 2010 she has worked with anthocyanin pigment from blueberries in printmaking, and stop-motion animation. Her participatory performances involve sharing berries and other food items in social gatherings reflecting on the value found in place and displacement; straining and absorbing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in venues including Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in a number of exhibition publications in addition to the journal Senses and Society, C Magazine and FUSE Magazine. She is currently an Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Myers is a member of Beausoleil First Nation and she is based in Port Severn and Toronto, Ontario.
Learn more about her work at http://lisarosemyers.com/home.html
Support for this event provided by the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts.