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Indigenous film festival in the Okanagan!

by NationTalk on March 2, 20091120 Views

FEBRUARY 26, 2009

For Immediate Release: KELOWNA, BC. The general public is invited to the opening of the REEL ROOTz 2009 Media Arts Exhibition to be held Friday March 06th, 2009, 7.00 PM at the Kelowna Art Gallery – 1315 Water Street .This event is programmed by the En’owkin Centre and will enjoy its 9th successful year being hosted by the Kelowna Art Gallery. The REEL Rootz 2009 festival is the beginning of a series of film workshops, screenings, and artist talks to be held throughout the Okanagan Valley. It is supported by the En’owkin Centre’s National Aboriginal Professional Artists Training Program (NAPAT) in partnership with Capilano University’s Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program (IIDP). The exhibition showcases works from the Ullus Collective, a regional group of independent Indigenous media artists from throughout British Columbia who have pooled their talents and resources since 1985. The name Ullus is a word from the Syilx language which translates directly as “a gathering of people for a common purpose.” Once again the Ullus Collective presents a high calibre of independent local and regional works to share with community members and the general public.

Ullus festival coordinator, Tracey Bonneau says “We are excited about this year’s programming theme that will showcase modern storytelling media as an ideal format for sharing Indigenous culture and knowledge.” This year, through a new partnership, the media arts exhibition, will showcase the works of Indigenous artists residing on the West Coast. Doreen Manuel program coordinator for Capilano University’s Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking program stated “The IIDP program is designed specifically to provide excellence in the delivery of a digital film education to First Nations, Metis and Inuit learners.”

Ullus Collective member and director, Victoria Baptiste will be in attendance for the screening of “Citxws Peqlqin” (running time 23:03.)This film follows a journey between a Syilx father and his daughter as he takes her on an interpretive tour of the Naramata bench lands. This documentary joins Victoria as she learns the intergenerational history of the place known to her ancestors as CITXWS PEQLQIN (Eagle’s House). The evening will open with a live traditional song performed by En’owkin Centre Knowledge Keeper Richard Armstrong, who will be featured in this unique historical documentary. A reception and artist talk will follow.

REEL ROOTz 2009 showcases rich cultural history and storytelling through media and imagery and is the focus of this exciting festival. The works featured through this year’s exhibition and festival activities help to dispel myths and misconceptions about Indigenous people. This line up of talented artists combines their best contemporary practices with indigenous artistic traditions. The festival works define a new and exciting new media arts sector, within their artistic communities. Featured works are from the Syilx, Blood, Oweekeno, Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta, Maliseet, Cree, Tsuu T’ina Nation, Dene, Thompson and Secwepemc tribal backgrounds.

REEL ROOTz film exhibition will continue: Kelowna Art Gallery March 07 – April 19, 2009

FOR MORE INFORMATION& film list: www.enowkincentre.ca or tbonneau@vip.net

National Aboriginal Professional Artists Training Program

ULLUS COLLECTIVE Festival Coordinator: Tracey Kim Bonneau 250 493 7181

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