Indigenous Futurisms Showcase

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PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE
AUCKLAND, 8 PM FRIDAY JULY 6

A special showcase of indigenous futurism and fantasy works, including a curated collection of shorts presented by the Asinabka Festival of Canada. Guest film makers, artists and musicians / DJs in attendance.

8 pm PART 1: SOUND/TRACKS & FUTURISM SHORTS

WAIORA

Toni Huata 3 min 2017 A new futurism themed music video by Toni Huata screening exclusively at Māori Film Week.

SOUND/TRACKS

Short films from the Sound/Tracks project bringing together indigenous artists, film makers and musicians to make a 4 minute indigenous futurism short film.

Artists and film makers in attendance.

THE GIFT
Steven Paul Judd 2017 8 min USA

After returning home from his grandfather’s funeral, a young Native American boy opens a mysterious gift bequeathed to him by his grandfather.

Artist / film maker in attendance.

THREE THOUSAND
Assinajaq 2017 14 min Canada

Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light.

TE AHI KAI PO

2018 Shae Sterling (Māori) NZ 6 min Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō - A lyrical and poetic music video.

Artist / film maker in attendance.

8.30 PM Intermission - DJ Set by special guest DJ Zibiiwan Rivers

9.30 pm  PART 2: FUTURE NATIONS
INDIGENOUS FUTURISMS SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Length: 35 min

Curated by Asinabka Festival

With some of the most frequent tropes of science fiction, we see the conquest of foreign worlds, or the taming of the “final frontier”. But, what do Indigenous Nation’s from Turtle Island (North America) look like without the interference of colonialism? What stories and imagined futures are Indigenous peoples telling through film and video? In the recent blockbuster film Black Panther, we saw what an African Nation could look like without the interference of colonialism. Among other things, it looked like success, it looked like technological advancement, and it looked like political sovereignty and independence. Similarly, Indigenous futurisms also imagine realities and futures where Indigenous peoples are respected, where dystopian worlds are saved with the help of mythical Indigenous beings, or where the Indian Reserve becomes the site of safety during a zombie apocalypse. Future Nations is a collection of short Sci-Fi films from Turtle Island, which challenge

stereotypes of Indigenous peoples, and that re-imagines what Indigenous futures can look like.

Dirt
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan • 2018 • 1:22 • Canada • English

Dirt is a short animated Album trailer for the Canadian music group Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Dirt is the soundtrack to an imagined unreleased 1987 anime about Pureland, a post-apocalyptic flooded world where they discover an exodus ship called the A’nó:wara, which has the last piece of uncorrupted, arable soil.

Thunderbird Strike
Elizabeth LaPensée • 2017 • 1:30 • USA/Canada

The experimental stop motion animation Thunderbird Strike follows a thunderbird flying from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes, protecting the land and waters against resource exploitation activities.

Wakening
Danis Goulet • 8:50 • 2013 • Canada • English & Cree

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.

Hoverboard
Sydney Freeland • 2013 • 6:14 • USA • English

A short fiction film about an imaginative young girl and her teddy bear on a quest to travel in time after watching ""Back to the Future Part II.""

Star Wars - Trash Compactor Scene
Zoe Leigh Hopkins and Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa • 2014 • 3:13 • Mohawk

The winning entry to #TIFFStarWars, a contest put on by the Toronto International Film Festival, where participants were to re-create the “trash compactor scene” from the original Star Wars film in their own Indigenous language. This was in celebration of National Aboriginal Day, 2014. This entry was produced by students and graduates of the Mohawk language immersion program for adults at Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa, in Six Nations, Ontario.

The 6th World
Nanobah Becker • 2012 • 15 minutes • USA • English

Navajo Astronaut Tazbah Redhouse is a pilot on the first spaceship sent to colonize Mars. But a mysterious dream the night before her departure indicates there may be more to her mission than she understands.