The WIFF Spring series kicks off on Thursday, April 10th with a celebration of First Nations' films. Please join us for celebrated documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's Hi-Ho Mistahey! and director Jeff Barnaby's dramatic feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls.Hi-Ho Mistahey! Director Alanis Obomsawin, Canada 2013 @ 6 pm For more than 40 years, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin has given voice to Canada's Aboriginal Peoples. A member of the Abenaki Nation, Obomsawin's earlier credits include the classics Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance and Incident at Restigouche, documentaries that are vital chronicles of the dismantling of indigenous culture. Hi-Ho Mistahey!, her latest film, chronicles the appalling lack of educational opportunities for Aboriginal children at Attawapiskat, and follows them as they take their demands for better educational funding to the Canadian government and the U.N. Obomsawin gave a candid interview about the film prior to its world premiere at TIFF. To read the full interview, click here. Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Director Jeff Barnaby, Canada 2013 @ 8 pm Bruce DeMara of The Toronto Star writes that Rhymes for Young Ghouls is "impressive on many fronts," but especially "in its evocation of the time when native people still lived under the paternalistically despotic rule of the government and its representatives." Set in the 1970s against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy, Jeff Barnaby's much-anticipated debut feature film has received stellar reviews and was voted one of Canada's top ten feature films of 2013. Premiering at last year's TIFF, the film was described as "an angry and poetic howl for lost lives, lost opportunities and lost loved ones." As De Mara points out, "Barnaby doesn’t shy away from portraying the self-indulgently indolent lives of the denizens of the Crow’s Kingdom, people who party hardy as a way to retreat from the tyranny of their existence while struggling to hold on to a culture that is being stripped away with each passing generation." See DeMara's full review at The Toronto Star.
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A celebration of the true spirit of filmmaking, 48-hour FlickFest is a fun, spirited event that epitomizes the grit, passion and determination of making films. Local filmmakers, from the young and aspiring to established heroes of the local film scene, are given 48 hours to shoot and edit a film and to screen their creative work as part of the Windsor International Film Festival. Finalists are celebrated at WIFF closing night ceremonies where the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest Award is presented. For information about 2013 FlickFest productions, click here.
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