ILF Film Series

2018 ILF Film Series

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Indigenous 150+ is a film and conversation series, dedicated to putting Indigenous voices centre stage and is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.

This series presented in partnership with M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre, Good Influence Films, Blue Mountain Village Association, with support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce. We are proud to be hosting these events in Saugeen Ojibway Nation Territory, home to Chippewas of Saugeen and Neyaashiinigmiing (Nawash), Métis and many other nations.


Saturday 11am-1:15pm

Director: Peter Stebbings
Producer: Jennifer Podemski
Writer: Shannon Masters
Starring: Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Jennifer Podemski

Going home was never an option for single mother Lena Mahikan (Cara Gee). But when her 13-year-old, Peeka (Shay Eyre) overdoses in the streets of Toronto, and attracts the attention of family services, Lena is forced to return home to her estranged mother (Jennifer Podemski) and face a life-long legacy of shame and resentment. Empire of Dirt is a story about second chances and summoning the power of family to soothe the pain of cyclical damage.

“I hope that if anything, people will walk away feeling like they’ve witnessed a new perspective that speaks to them on a deeper level,” says Jennifer Podemski.

Join us for the film and a conversation with filmmaker/actor Jennifer Podemski. Empire of Dirt, is an award-winning film with 4-awards and 11 nominations, including a Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Screenplay 2014.


FUTURE HISTORY: Reclaiming Our History, Harnessing Our Future (PG) + Q&A

Saturday 3pm-4:30pm

Director/Producer: Jennifer Podemski

Indigenous 150+ is thrilled to be offering a sneak peek to a brand new television series for APTN called Future History, about shifting the colonial narrative and celebrating the reclamation of indigenous knowledge and identity.

Future History follows two passionate, and polar opposite, Anishinaabe (Ojibway) hosts as they venture into their community to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous Knowledge and the movement of cultural revitalization.

For generations, across North America, Indigenous People have been reeling from the devastating effects of colonialism that has left children, language, ceremony and culture at risk. But today, a movement of reclamation and revitalization is being led by Indigenous People who are harnessing Indigenous Knowledge as a way to shift the colonial paradigm and build a brighter future for the next generation.

From Arts and Science to the Justice System, the resurgence of Indigenous Knowledge is stronger than ever. Future History is a journey of discovery through an Indigenous lens, a journey that will inspire and enlighten audiences of all ages.

Episode 1 – Origin Stories

22 minutes

Archaeologist/Artist Kris Nahrgang, and Dancer/Activist Sarain Carson Fox share their personal origin stories and talk about where they are at in their own journey of identity. After visiting Traditional Teacher Isaac Murdoch at Nimkii Aazhbikoong Culture Camp in Elliot Lake, Kris takes Sarain on an underwater diving exploration near his community in Lovesick Lake and Sarain brings Kris to meet her dad, Chief of the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge Jim Dumont, in Shawanaga First Nation.

Episode 3 – Children

22 minutes

Kris and Sarain travel to the nation’s capital to speak with Child Welfare Activist Cindy Blackstock. They continue their journey at the Woodland Cultural Centre where Residential School Survivor Roberta Hill shares her experience from her time at the Mohawk Institute. Sarain and Kris are given a tour by Executive Director Paula Withrow and learn about the “Save the Evidence” program at the museum. They drive to Montreal to visit with 60’s Scoop Survivor and Throat Singer Nina Segalowitz and hear her story about when she was stolen from the hospital and adopted out.

2018 ILF Schedule

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