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To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Winnipeg Film Group's Cinematheque, Urban Shaman, and imagineNATIVE are pleased to present the short film program The Messenger curated by Kaitlynn Tomaselli, imagineNATIVE.


"The Messenger brings together films that shine a light on the spirit and strength of female Indigenous filmmakers across Turtle Island. We witness the transcendence of culture through artistic expressions rooted in celebrating and uplifting our communities. Together, these films honour the continuing path of stories that future generations will share. Storytelling is a part of our identity. Our identity is our strength." - Kaitlynn Tomaselli 


Kaitlynn Tomaselli (Anishinaabe/Odawa + Potawatomi) is an emerging curator and arts administrator. She has worked with Debajehmujig Theatre Group, The Sudbury Theatre Centre, Native Earth Performing Arts, and currently is the Program Coordinator at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts.

Reflecting on the history and the geography of Todmorden Mills, this experimental short film by Alex Lazarowich explores the relocation of the Don Valley River and the impact of land extraction on the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Kanata.


Background: Alex Lazarowich is a Cree filmmaker whose work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. She has received funding for her works in BravoFact, National Screen Institute, and Canada Council for the Arts, and has had her films screened at festivals around the world.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    5 minutes
  • Language
    Anishinaabemowin
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Alexandra Lazarowich