Turtle Island Shorts


Turtle Island Shorts

2 pM sunday 30 JUNE

2 pm Turtle Island Shorts: Her Water Drum (Canada), Ochiskwacho (Canada), Silla (Canada)


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.


Director Jules Koostachin, Writer Jules Koostachin, Producer Jules Koostachin,  15 minutes, Canada, Short

Ochiskwacho is a sacred being, known to many Indigenous people as a spiritual messenger. Kokoom, an elderly (spiritually ailing) two-spirit woman has to decide whether to stay with her grandchildren or follow the Ochiskwacho. Cast: Giselle Pare-Ramirez, Gloria Eshkibok, Tapwewin Koostachin-Chakasim, Pawaken Koostachin-Chakasim, Mahiigan Koostachin.


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.