Dislocation Blues | Nov 4 @ 8 pm

OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
$5-$15 suggested (no one turned away)

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Dislocation Blues

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
dir. Evelyn Pakinewatik | Canada | 2018 | 8 min
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)
dir. Jaene Castrillon | Canada | 2017 | 2 min
Based on ideas of Zen Buddhism and rooted in the 7 Grandfather teachings, Sum (Heart) is a rumination on death, grief and letting go.

dir. Terry Haines | Canada | 2010 | 9 min
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.

dir. Michelle Latimer | Canada | 2018 | 13 min
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
dir. Jess MacCormack + Alexus Young | Canada | 2011 | 6 min
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
dir. Giovana García | Peru | 2018 | 8 min
This short documentary narrates the history of Gía (Jxna), the pleasure of (dissident) bodies, and the nights that make Lima burn.

Despite your absence
dir. Djali Brown-Cepeda | United States | 2017 | 9 min
In the late ’70s in New York City, Lazara, a second-generation Dominican girl comes of age.

Dislocation Blues
dir. Sky Hopinka | United States | 2017 | 17 min
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.

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All events are “pay what you can” and wheelchair accessible. This screening will be closed-captioned and ASL-interpreted. Both of our locations will have a pre-arranged waiting area with seating for any audience members who need it prior to the doors opening. TQFF will not be serving alcohol at the festival, and we welcome everyone living with disabilities and/or addictions,

Please contact us if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries, requests, or needs.


November 1, 2018:
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto ON

November 2-4, 2018:
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

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