Through the NSI IndigiDocs training program, Indigenous filmmakers develop a short documentary idea into a 10-minute finished film. The program has helped develop the skills of over 60 Indigenous storytellers throughout its nine editions.
The films completed in 2020 premiered at many acclaimed festivals in fall of last year, including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Yellowknife International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.
The films will air on documentary Channel on June 1 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET. They will also be available to stream on CBC Gem beginning June 1:
Gift to Give – directed by Erica Daniels
- The story of the relationship between a Two-Spirit daughter and her father, and the nuances in their relationship of acceptance and deep love. The story is told through the lens of the daughter, Vanessa, who has decided to give her kidney to her ailing father, Kenneth, in the hopes of saving his life.
?a?uuk?iath? Dugout Canoe – directed by Steven Davies
- After working as a clearcut logger in the Clayoquot Sound, master carver and land defender Joe Martin reconciles his past by revitalizing the ancestral knowledge and artistic practice of the traditional Tla-o-qui-aht dugout canoe.
Indigenous Dads – directed by Peter Brass
- Four Indigenous dads candidly discuss their fears and hopes in raising their kids in today’s world.
Tails on Ice – directed by Miranda Currie
- The personal story of Miranda’s sled dog, Ellesmere, as she sets off on her first training expedition and rite of passage. Ellesmere must learn survival skills from the matriarchs that came before her in order to not only earn, but to also defend her position in the dog pack.
Check your local listings and find out when you can watch these films throughout June.
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NSI IndigiDocs 2019-21 was supported by Creative BC.