Dislocation Blues

Monday, November 4, 2018 | 8pm EST
| 72 min.

November 4 | 8:00pm
@ OCAD University
Sliding scale $5-15
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

In this program of lyrical shorts, Indigenous filmmakers narrate stories of land, place, culture, displacement, violence, and resistance to the continued occupation and colonization of Turtle Island and beyond.

Approximate running time: 72 minutes.


Emerge: Stone Braids

Evelyn Pakinewatik

8 min | Canada | 2018

Shot during Toronto’s inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week, Emerge: Stone Braids explores the medicine that community and family, as well as forms collective prayer, can take.

Sum (Heart)

Jaene Castrillon

2 min | Canada | 2017

Based on ideas of Zen Buddhism and rooted in the 7 Grandfather teachings, Sum (Heart) is a rumination on death, grief and letting go.


Terry Haines

9 min | Canada | 2010

Bloodstorm sifts through notions of beauty, strength and hope in an artistic interpretation of the force of a storm. It is unpredictable and undeniable, much like HIV/ AIDS. Blood and storm combine to reveal the inner turmoil and fear of living with a disease, which has no cure, in an intimate testament of survival.


Michelle Latimer

13 min | Canada | 2018

Over the last decade, an oil boom in North Dakota has seen the state’s population double with primarily male workers flocking to the region. With this dramatic increase, has come an influx of drugs, crime, and sexual violence. Juxtaposing the ravaged yet starkly beautiful landscape with personal testimony from young Indigenous women living on the reservation, Nuuca is an evocative meditation revealing the connections between the rape of the earth and the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.

Feeling Reserved: Alexus’ Story

Jess MacCormack + Alexus Young

6 min | Canada | 2011

In Feeling Reserved Alexus shares her story of a ‘starlight tour,’ a practice of police brutality against First Nations peoples in Canada where individuals are driven out of town, stripped of their coats and shoes, and left to freeze to death. In Alexus’ case, a couple happened to drive by her and she was saved. Nonetheless, the emotional scars remain, and many people were not so lucky. The realization that these murders are a continuation of the genocide of First Nations peoples today is horrifying for all. This work highlights the systemic violence at play and the silencing effect it produces.

Lima is Burning

Giovana García

8 min | Peru | 2018

This short documentary narrates the history of Gía (Jxna), the pleasure of (dissident) bodies, and the nights that make Lima burn.

Despite your absence

Djali Brown-Cepeda

9 min | United States | 2017

In the late ’70s in New York City, Lazara, a second-generation Dominican girl comes of age.

Dislocation Blues

Sky Hopinka

17 min | United States | 2017

In this incomplete and imperfect portrait of reflections from Standing Rock, Cleo Keahna recounts his experiences entering, being at, and leaving the camp, and the difficulties and the reluctance in looking back with a clear and critical eye.

72 min