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See a different reality at Asinabka Film & Media Art Festival—08.08.18 to 08.12.18 – Apartment613

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 2018102 Views

August 9, 2018

The Asinabka Festival, an annual Indigenous film and media art festival, promises to expose people to some of the best and most interesting work being made by independent and global artists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. We spoke to the festival’s co-directors, Howard Adler and Christopher Wong, to get a sense of what to expect from the Festival celebrating its 7th edition.

Asinabka, an Algonquin word meaning “place of glare rock,” is an area that includes Victoria Island and Chaudière Falls. The festival borrowed the name out of respect for the area’s significance as a sacred place, as well as one of protest over land occupation.

Adler and Wong are both of Anishinaabe background, and Wong said they started the festival realizing the need to “reclaim Indigenous spaces, especially traditional Indigenous spaces, and also to get the message out about some of the great work that’s been going on in Indigenous arts.” They believe it is an important message for this festival to be based in the epicentre of Canada’s political apparatus.

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