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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.

A young girl with an unreliable power to heal attempts a prayer ceremony for strength only to be interrupted by a fight between bird shapeshifters.


Background: Sonya Ballantyne is a Swampy Cree filmmaker and writer based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional film genres such as horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    12 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Canada
  • Director
    Sonya Ballantyne