2 Spirit Shorts

Thirza Cuthand - Reclamation

Thirza Cuthand - Reclamation

2 Spirit Shorts

10 aM saturday 29 JUNE

10 am 2 Spirit Short Film Collection, curated by Asinabka Film Festival, Canada


Two Spirit shorts from Turtle Island


Curated by Howard Adler (Asinabka Festival, Canada) - Length: 1 hour

Turtle Island is the name used by many First Nations peoples for the continent of North America. For the Anishinaabek peoples, it refers to our creation story in which the world was re-created on a turtles back. Two-Spirit is a contemporary umbrella term coined by Indigenous peoples in the 1990’s to convey our complex identities as Queer, Trans, Non-Binary, or Gender Non-Conforming. It is a term that acknowledges that we have always had words in our own languages to describe our identities and roles within our Indigenous Nations. This collection showcases the strength and versatility of two-spirit peoples from Turtle Island.

Tsanizid (Wake Up) | Beric Manywounds | Turtle Island | 2017 | 6 min

Beric Manywounds mesmerizes viewers as he leads us, through dance, on a Two-Spirit transformation journey.

No Place For Bad Memories | Evelyn Pakinewatik | Turtle Island | 2018 | 2 min

Evelyn Pakinewatik offers an introspective experiment that explores trauma, memory, and healing spaces.

Noolíhkamun | Zephyr McKenna | Turtle Island | 2018 | 3 min

Noolíhkamun explores how gender and identity are intertwined with language, and what this means in the face of a centuries-long and ongoing cultural genocide.

nintaandjinaagowiihidis//i transform myself | Connor Pion | Turtle Island | 2018 | 6 min

A mixed-race urban-Indigenous 2 Spirit-trans neechie’s prayer, ceremony, and activiation for a potent shapeshifting potion.

My Pride Is | Wāpahkēsīs (Keisha Erwin Roberts) | Turtle Island | 2018 | 4 min

Wāpahkēsīs reflects on what Pride means to themselves as a non-binary filmmaker, as well as how it relates to their other marginalized identities.

I Like Girls |Diane Obomsawin | Turtle Island | 2017 | 8 min

In this animated short, four women reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing funny and intimate tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, and fumbling attempts at sexual expression.

Positions | Justin Ducharme | Turtle Island | 2018 | 12 min

A simple and naturalistic approach to a day in the life of a two-spirit, male sex worker as he visits his clients. Positions is an unapologetic and realist exploration of sexual desire, the quest for financial stability, and the pursuit of agency over one’s own body.

DND NDNs | Raven Cameron | Turtle Island | 2018 | 4 min

An Indigenous Dungeons and Dragons group faces their final nemesis: Justin Trudeau.

Reclamation | Thirza Cuthand | Turtle Island | 2018 | 13 min

After white people leave Earth en masse for Mars, the Indigenous people left behind contemplate their place in healing the world and imagine a brighter future after the biggest problem has gone.