Perspectives on First Peoples: racism, identity and territory

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2020 - Courts métrages

Perspectives on First Peoples: racism, identity and territory


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As part of the Let’s confront racism together program by Festival Accès Asie.


(Only in french)

This compilation of works exposes different faces of racism, which for a long time has been at odds with the identity of First Peoples. Far from disappearing, racism is still rooted in our societies and manifests itself in everyday life, whether it is systemic or spontaneous. These films are proof of resilience and resistance in the face of marginalization.


Wamin (The Apple) | Katherine Nequado
Wamin means apple in Atikamekw. Red on the outside, white on the inside. It is an insult to people who leave their community to live in the city. A young Atikamekw shows that living outside her reserve does not make her another person than the one she really is.


Où sont tes plumes | Widia Larivière, Mélanie Lumsden
Two duos of sisters share their views on prejudice against First Nations with humor.


Pinatakushkuess |Gaëlle Mollen


L’Innu du futur | Stéphane Nepton
An ode to the land in relation to the duality of identity as an urban Indigenous person. A very personal and poetic story.


Du jour au lendemain | Shawn-Tamien McKenzie Vachon
From one day to another, they uncovered a weighty secret, that of the children found dead and buried. Shawn Tamien offers a tribute to all those children who left the world alone.


Kushtakuan (Danger) | Langis Fortin, Nemnemiss McKenzie
The position of the Innu community of Matimekush in the face of mining companies that are likely to restart mining on their territory.


L’enfance déracinée | Réal Junior Leblanc
A young Innu returns to the site of the Sept-Îles residential school, in operation from 1951 to 1972, to pay a poetic tribute to the victims.


Abinodjic Madjinakini (L’Amendement) | Kévin Papatie
Four generations. Three boarding schools. Two cultures. One extinction.


Kupanishkueu | Mélodie Jourdain-Michel
Director Mélodie Jourdain recounts how the strength and courage of her Innu ancestor, Kupanishkueu, influenced her life.


Encore vivants | Cherilyn Papatie
Planters of trees, planters of hope. A touching parallel that speaks of the resistance of the Indigenous community.


Je me souviens (I remember) | Frédéric Cheezo
A young native presents his metal music band. He is driven by a desire to express his emotions through his explosive percussion.


Tous humains | Vicky Moar-Niquay
Inspired by true stories, Tous humains is a personal film about the realities and prejudices experienced by Indigenous people in an urban environment.



Véronik Picard, Researcher and columnist



Stéphane Nepton, Filmmaker

FST - French subtitles
EST - English subtitles
CC - Closed captions

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