SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER — GENESIS CINEMA (ONLINE)
KWÊSKOSÎW (SHE WHISTLES) 12min dir. Thirza Cuthand (Swampy Cree/Scottish) Canada (2021)
(UK, EUROPE VIEW ONLY)
En route to her girlfriend’s place on a night when the Northern Lights are out, a two-spirit Nȇhiyaw woman is assaulted by her cab driver. Amidst the struggle, she discovers a deadly supernatural power that may help her solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.
Cast: Sera-Lys McArthur, Aidan Devine
MONKEY BEACH +Q&A 104min, Dir. Loretta Sarah Todd (Cree/Métis, Canada) (2020)
(UK, IRELAND, US, CANADA VIEW ONLY)
Lisa Hill has visions. Visions of her younger brother Jimmy drowning. One day, Jimmy goes missing on what was supposed to be a fishing trip with his uncle but, Lisa finds out, was a quest for revenge against a sexual predator. To save Jimmy, Lisa sets out for Monkey Beach, a powerful place where she believes she will find Jimmy – and where she will face the hardest journey of all, to the Land of the Dead. And so begins a captivating allegory about learning to coexist with both the ghosts that haunt us and spirits who might enlighten us. In bringing Eden Robinson’s beloved novel to the screen, Loretta S Todd offers us a modern epic underpinned by themes that have long defined heroic journeys. Todd’s first feature narrative unfolds through a thrilling array of temporal shifts and stylistic flourishes. A film about reconnection with the land, its denizens and the secrets it holds, Monkey Beach is also a testament to Indigenous women’s ability to not just endure trials but emerge from them empowered.
Cast: Grace Dove, Joel Ouelette, Nathaniel Arcand, Tina Marie Lameman, Adam Beach, Stefany Mathias
Worldwide view 16-20 Nov +conversation with Terry J Jones (Seneca, wolf clan) — Book Now
CHWEDL DWR (FAIRYTALE OF WATER) (2021, 40min) dir. Peter Stevenson, Jacob Whittaker (Cymru/Wales)
Beneath the west Welsh waters are stories – flood myths – that tell of a time when you could walk across Cardigan Bay to Ireland. Above the sea are forgotten fairytales that tell of dreamers who built utopian lands, old ladies who made love potions with well water, and rivers who were seen as people. Using old methods of visual storytelling that gave rise to the fledgling film industry, filmmaker and sound artist Jacob Whittaker and storyteller and illustrator Peter Stevenson take a journey through time to hear these lost voices in the water.
Commissioned by WOW Wales One World Film Festival