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films séléctionnés par/ films selected by Jocelyn Piirainen

Where we were not; Feeling Reserved  Jessica MacCormack, Alexus Young | Canada | 6min | Court-métrage d’animation documentaire | 2017

wherewe1Un documentaire expérimental d’animation sur les pratiques de brutalité policière au Canada envers les peuples des Premières Nations // An experimental animated documentary about criminalization in Canada.

Combinant l’animation, la vidéo, la peinture, le dessin, l’installation et l’intervention, la pratique multidisciplinaire de Jessica MacCormack observe la relation complexe entre la culture et le capitalisme néolibéral, en critique les méthodes de contrôle social, tout en explorant le potentiel des arts à servir de vecteur de résistance. Ille s’intéresse particulièrement à la façon dont les modes de violence se perpétuent collectivement par les récits populaires, les concepts de justice et le déni de responsabilité. MacCormack travaille avec des femmes et des jeunes en conflit avec la loi, par la création de projets artistiques dans les prisons et de nombreux centres d’aide aux personnes marginalisées. // Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, Jessica MacCormack’s interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. They are specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives,concepts of justice and denial of accountability. MacCormack’s practice has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people. // Alexus has been a videomaker since 2005, when she began working on projects with professional mentors at Crossing Communities Art Project in Winnipeg. She is two-spirited, hails from Swan River, Manitoba and recently moved from Winnipeg to Toronto. Her work has been screened nationally and internationally at ImagiNative, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and Bildwechsel (Hamburg, Germany) to name but a few.

Susto Pearl Marie Salas |  Canada |  8min  | Court-métrage de fiction | 2016


Le film traite de la maladie à travers la voix d’une femme qui raconte son expérience d’être traquée par un monster. // Susto is a cultural disease of chronic fear. This film addresses the disease through the voice of a female, and her personal account of being stalked by a monster.

As an Indigenous woman of Mexican, Yaqui, and Navajo ancestry, much of her work plays off this unique cultural mix to interrogate how the modern world relates to notions of past, present, and future selves. How do ancienttraditions revered by marginalized peoples fit into a society that sought to destroy them? What role can media and art play in carrying those traditions into modern society? Taking many of the indigenous concepts, teachings, and stories she has learned throughout her life, and finding ways to insert them into an audio and visual realm while still maintaining a balance between sacred storytelling, and the personal stories of others and herself.

Unceded Voices Maxime Faure | Canada | 45min  |  Documentaire | 2017 GAGNANT PRIX DU PUBLIC


Art/intervention dans le quartier Saint-Henri de Tiohtià: ke Montréal en 2017. // In Tiohtià:ke/so-called Montreal, nine Indigenous and Women of Color artists created street art interventions together in the Saint-Henri neighbourhood during Summer 2017.​ 

Maxime Faure is a documentary director. Born in Brittany region, he studied cinema in Rennes, FR and Montreal, Canada. He is part of the Unceded Voices team since the first edition. This convergence is a biennial convergence of primarily Indigenous-identified women/2spirit/Queer and women of color street artists in Tiohtià:ke, unceded Haudenosaunee territory (also known as Montreal). The three gatherings took place in the months of August 2014, 2015 and 2017. The goal of this convergence is three-fold: to develop a network of solidarity and support between Indigenous women/2Spirit/Queer and women of color street artists ; to promote anticolonial resistance through diverse street art interventions; and to foster relationships and dialogue between the collective and the broader community.