Film Night: The Decolonizing Lens
Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
Join us for a screening of Cree Code Talker, First Nations Veterans Ceremony at Goldstream, Finding Sergeant Partridge, and Trench, followed by a panel talk. Presented by The Decolonizing Lens, co-organized by Kaila Johnston and Jocelyn Thorpe. Free admission!
6pm doors & reception • 7pm screening
Panel talk to follow
Cree Code Talker (13 min)
Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Cree code talker Charles ‘Checker’ Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles’ involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers' communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.
First Nations Veterans Ceremony at Goldstream, November 11th, 2016 (6 min)
The Yellow Wolf Pow Wow Drummers and Dancers honour veterans.
Finding Sergeant Partridge (14 min)
Two Peter Partridges, two worlds apart, two families searching. This film tells the story of a granddaughter in England who embarks on a search for her grandfather's roots and finds much more. Solving her family's mystery unites her with a family she didn't know she had in The Pas, Manitoba, ending their search for a brother they weren't sure existed.
Trench (10 min)
Michael Mountain Horse was a Blackfoot veteran who fought at Vimy Ridge in World War I. Upon coming home, he created a winter count with pictographs to depict his experience, including a squared “U”, a Blackfoot war symbol. One hundred years later, Blackfoot performance artist Adrian Stimson sets out to dig a trench in the shape of that legendary pictograph.
Films provided by the National Film Board of Canada.