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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.

What Kind of Help? is a narrative short written, directed, and starring Two-Spirited Filmmaker Amanda Kindzierski. The movie follows a woman in lockdown in her apartment. We see her living her isolated days over and over while trying to cope with the pressure of a pandemic lockdown as a extrovert. As we watch her move about her new confining life, we hear her calling for help, but what kind of help..

Background:  Amanda is an indigenous lesbian writer/director, identifying as Two Spirited. She was born and raised and is currently working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of the Academy of Broadcasting and The National Screen institute's Indigenous Voices and Indigidocs programs Amanda is working at sharing her art with a wide range of people. Her films are mainly narrative with some documentary and experimental. Many of Amanda’s films are written, directed, shot and edited by her. “I was born a storyteller with the love of the medium of movies.”

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