ImagineNATIVE set to begin

TORONTO — The anticipated 19th Annual ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival will run until Sunday of this week at 401 Richmond St. West, with the entire Richmond Building hosting the Art Crawl.

This years festival will present 153 individual media works including 10 dramatic feature length films which is the most in ImagineNATIVE history. Featuring work of over 150 indigenous artists representing 109 indigenous nations from Canada and around the world, more than half of the works include female directors, with 42 % male and 3% non-binary or Two-Spirit.

Of the anticipated works includes must-sees: Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her, Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) — directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown and so many more.

As ImagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, the organization has made the festival as bright and loud as possible each year to celebrate the artists that bring forth topics and address issues through stories and mediums that only film and other media can present.

“ImagineNATIVE presents the world’s largest Indigenous film festival, a national Tour focused on reconciliation, and numerous other activities throughout the year. imagineNATIVE is one of the leading arts organisations in Canada that was twice nominated for the highly competitive and prestigious Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (Ontario),” writes the ImagineNATIVE site.

“imagineNATIVE is committed to public education and strives towards dispelling stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples through diverse media presentations from within our communities. To this end we conduct professional development workshops and panels, public education initiatives, research projects, and curriculum/educators’ packages for secondary schools created from Indigenous pedagogies.”

For more info or screening tickets check out online.

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