Capilano Universe: Rise and rise of Indigenous cinema around the world

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How did we get from being portrayed as “savages” to award-winning Indigenous storytelling? Who were the movers and shakers who paved the way? Grab your popcorn to join David Geary and a special guest for the rise and rise of Indigenous cinema on April 29.

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Location: Capilano University - Off Campus

Capilano Universe: Rise and rise of Indigenous cinema around the world;

For the longest time the movies cast Indigenous People as racist stereotypes and exotic set-dressing. The endless stream of white saviours and cultural appropriation lead to calls for "Nothing about us without us" from the Indigenous community.

Now, we are seeing Indigenous filmmakers rise to the top with Māori filmmaker/Trickster Taika Waititi winning an Oscar for Jojo Rabbit, Blackfoot/Sami filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers winning two Canadian Screen Awards for The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open, and CapU filmmaking grad Jessie Anthony (Haudenosaunee) winning the best BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at 2019 VIFF.

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This lecture is presented on Zoom and brought to you by the North Vancouver District Library – Parkgate Branch.

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About the speaker
David Geary (Taranaki Māori iwi), MFA, is an acclaimed scriptwriter for film, TV, and theatre in Canada and his homeland of New Zealand.

He teaches screenwriting in the prestigious IDF – Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at CapU, documentary, communications, and playwriting. He's also an award-winning fiction writer, actor, and poet.

He lives by the yogic mantra: life is short, stretch it and writes haiku on twitter @gearsgeary.


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