What better way to celebrate and show support for National Indigenous History Month than to watch films made by indigenous women filmmakers. With that, we’ve compiled a list for you!
1. The Angry Inuk
In this award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril tackles misconceptions of commercial seal hunting. We follow a generation of Inuit fighting for change in the widely held beliefs in seal hunting and working to retain their ancestral rights.
2. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World
A powerful documentary that brings to light the impact and influence indigenous artists had on music history, particularly popular rock and folk music. It also sheds some light on how racism has affected these indigenous artists and their careers.
3. The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
Through exploring the deep bond two women share after one has experienced a traumatic event, the film dives deep into the complex themes of racialization, gender and colonization.
4. Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger
In this film, we follow the provincial and federal governments fighting over who gets to pay for the care of a young boy with a rare genetic condition, Jordan Anderson.
This would then lead to the New Jordan Principle, which ensures that children in Canada, specifically the First Nations and Inuit Child would be given equitable access and be provided with the same standard of social, health, and education services as everyone else in Canada.
5. We Will Stand Up
This is a film that follows the murder of Colten Boushie and his family’s pursuit of justice. It takes on a sensitive but harrowing look at the events that followed after the acquittal of his murderer.