Co-Presentation with aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce an upcoming collaboration with aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival in June 2017. We will be co-presenting the following films:


Birthing a New Cinema
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 I 7:00pm
Jackman Hall, AGO, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
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Opening this year’s festival is a double bill of stories addressing the double meaning of labour. Both provide intimate accounts of birthing practices in Central American communities and they are equally concerned with doing so from the perspective of women. Yet, each film also explores the way the roles of several members in these communities take on new responsibilities. From indigenous midwives struggling to impart ancestral knowledge about child rearing in a world facing increasing health risks, to the tale of a shepherdess put in charge of her household’s livelihood while her mother writhes in the throes of childbirth, these films become testaments to labour’s transformative power.



Thursday, June 8, 2017 I 7:00pm
Jackman Hall, AGO, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
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Drawing from eclectic filmic styles including stop-motion animation, pseudo-public service announcements and testimonials, sometimes within a single film, this program features and celebrates the contemporary output of indigenous cinema. Collectively, the films presented grapple with the overarching question: how are indigenous communities appropriating a western medium such as cinema to express their lifeways? In many of the films young and old partake in creating a visual representation that reflect a vast cultural history, narrative traditions, and understanding of the known world. These films, mostly created by collectives, alter the age-old paradigm of the auteur as a lone genius.


 About aluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival:

The aluCine Toronto Latin Film + Media Arts Festival is Canada’s longest-running Latin film festival. The festival functions as a vital Canadian outlet for emerging and established Latin filmmakers living in Canada, Latin America and the diaspora, while our year-round screenings, symposiums and workshops promote the development of Latin film and culture in Toronto. In all of its endeavours, aluCine strives to transgress aesthetic, ideological and geographical borders and to transcend pre-established notions of representation as they pertain to Latin American culture in Canada.



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