Turtle Island Shorts

TURTLE ISLAND SHORTS

Kahungunu Marae 10.30 am Sunday June 2

Her Water Drum

Her Water Drum

Her Water Drum

Director Jonathan Elliott, Writer Jonathan Elliott, Producer Erica Orofino, Jonathan Elliott, 16 minutes, Canada, Short

In the wake of her daughter's disappearance, Jolene, a single Mohawk mother, is forced to pick up the pieces of her life and navigate an increasingly strenuous relationship with her troubled son David. As secrets emerge, their relationship faces its toughest challenge yet as they confront the reality of their situation. Cast: Nadia George, Michael Riley, Chanin Lee.

Gutk'odau

Gutk'odau

Gutk'odau (Yellow)

Director Adam Piron, Producer Rose Paahavet, 8 minutes, United States, Documentary, Experimental

A young man learns to build his first tipi. An elder projects language rather than instructing it. A home inhabits a person, and that person within a soul. These vignettes offer a cultural context and triangulation of meaning within the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.

The last walk

The last walk

The Last Walk

Director Anna Hoover, Writer Anna Hoover, Producer Laura J. Milliken, 13 minutes, United States, Short

A sister sets out into the unforgiving land to find her sister, who has been banished from their community for negligence that ended tragically. The banished sister has battled depression since the great loss, causing her to isolate herself from her community. Cast: Marika Cockney, Polly Andrews.

Silla

Silla

Silla

Director Howard Adler, Producer Adele Cardamone-Martel, 21 minutes, Canada, Documentary

Silla is a short documentary about Silla and Rise, it follows the band members behind the scenes as they prepare for and play numerous live shows, it delves into the historical suppression of Inuit traditions, and how their music is reviving and reclaiming the beautiful art form of Inuit throat singing. Cast: Charlotte Qamaniq, Cynthia Pitsiulak, Rise Ashen. Language: English, Inuktitut.