20th edition

Films and activities

To celebrate 20 years of ethnographic cinema, FIFEQ-Montréal invites you to the inauguration of its 20th edition on the 7th of May, 6:30 pm at Cinéma Moderne. The night will start with a showing of the film The Chalice: Of Sons and Daughters, a remarkable cinematic masterpiece directed by anthropologist Catalina Tesar and Dana Bunescu. The film transports viewers to the heart of a Romani family in a village in Transylvania, where they follow the lives of a young couple united by an arranged marriage. The couple is pressured by their community to have a boy and thus maintain the chalice, a silver cup passed down exclusively to sons.

After the screening, FIFEQ-Montreal invites you to a dinner at URSA Mtl, proud partner of this special edition. We will offer you a delicious meal with vegetarian and vegan options to satisfy all palates. But that’s not all! After savoring this delightful meal, prepare to be dazzled by the enchanting performances by the Kreation dance crew, the talented pianist Maya Nujaim and the 2023 voice finalist, Adam El Mouna.

The evening will continue with a DJ set from WorldWild Sound System. This artistic collective, composed of activists and music enthusiasts, created their own sound system with the aim of broadcasting conscientious and captivating music from around the world. Their mixing style, incorporates reggae, tropical, African, Caribbean, and South American music from the 1960s to the present day, reflects their love for original vinyl records and their commitment to bring their audience on a musical journey. Join us and don’t miss this incredible evening!

Opening night

Tuesday, May 7
6:30 pm | Cinéma Moderne

5:30 pm Audience welcome
6:30 pm Screening begins

Opening night

Tuesday, May 7
8:30 pm | URSA

8 pm Public welcome and meal
9 pm Artistic performances

Kishkishi : celebration of representation

Co-presented with Wapikoni Mobile and McCord Stewart Museum

In crafting this program, I’ve drawn inspiration from our discussions on the diverse practices – whether culinary traditions, artistic expressions, or craftsmanship – that serve as vessels for memory. Each film in “KISHKISHI” illuminates these practices, showcasing how they serve as conduits for storytelling and cultural preservation. From the preparation of traditional foods to the intricate art forms passed down through generations, these films celebrate the richness of indigenous heritage and the resilience of its people.

In crafting this program, I’ve drawn inspiration from our discussions on the diverse practices – whether culinary traditions, artistic expressions, or craftsmanship – that serve as vessels for memory. Each film in “KISHKISHI” illuminates these practices, showcasing how they serve as conduits for storytelling and cultural preservation. From the preparation of traditional foods to the intricate art forms passed down through generations, these films celebrate the richness of indigenous heritage and the resilience of its people.

Moreover, “KISHKISHI” ventures beyond conventional narratives to explore the complexities of representation and memory. While most selected films embody the theme of remembrance through personal and communal narratives, this program also prompts viewers to reflect on the nuances of representation – what is portrayed, what is omitted, and the power dynamics inherent in the act of representation itself.

As someone deeply entrenched in the world of film festival adjudication and programming, I recognize the transformative power of cinema to bridge cultural divides and foster understanding. Through “KISHKISHI,” my aim is not only to entertain but also to educate and inspire audiences from all walks of life. Each film serves as a testament to the increasing representation of indigenous voices in cinema, amplifying narratives that have long been overlooked or marginalized.

Partnering with Wapikoni Mobile, a pioneering indigenous film studio and non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing indigenous talent, I am honored to present these special programs at FIFEQ. Together, we embark on a cinematic journey of remembrance, celebrating indigenous resistance and storytelling prowess on the silver screen. Join us as we delve into the rich tapestry of indigenous cultures, guided by the spirit of “KISHKISHI” – a call to remember, reflect, and rejoice in the enduring legacy of indigenous peoples worldwide.

– Jack Belhumeur

Autochtonie

Thursday, May 9
6 pm | McCord Stewart Museum

5:30 pm Audience welcome
6 pm Screening begins

Screening followed by a presentation

Autochtonie

Friday, May 10
6 pm | Cinéma Public

5:30 pm Audience welcome
6 pm Screening begins

Screening followed by a discussion with the filmmakers

Crossed retrospective Chantal Akerman / Alice Diop

Co-presented with Tenk.ca

In keeping with its mission to promote the cinema of the real and the intimate, the FIFEQ-MTL presents an unprecedented encounter between Chantal Akerman and Alice Diop. While Akerman’s work continues to inspire new generations of filmmakers while slipping through the cracks of film categorization, Diop’s cinema echoes Akerman’s silences, sequence shots and tight apartments, as she explores themes of identity, memory and family ties with renewed depth in each project. The films of the two filmmakers respond to each other with double programs and a projection-performance in the public space, opening up a space of sensitive, formal and thematic resonances.

Through an incursion into the Parisian suburbs where she grew up, Alice Diop defies stereotypes to give us an auto-ethnographic and unpretentious vision of the small worlds that nestle there. Probing the interstices of everyday life with her fixed shots and frames tightened on the intimacy of domestic space, Chantal Akerman opened up new perspectives on how individual stories can reflect and influence collective realities.

Whether it’s through the streets of New York surveyed by Akerman or the neighborhoods crossed by Diop’s RER B train, whether it’s in Brussels apartments or Senegalese courtyards, the unique perspective of these two filmmakers reveals the false folds in the fabric of family and society, where the silences of isolation, deportation, exile, migration and systemic racism pile up. They reveal the invisible stories of women, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, immigrants and survivors. They listen patiently, giving them a voice and blending their stories with their own.

Text : Doriane Biot, volunteer contributor

Translation : xx, member of the organizing committee

Retrospective

Wednesday, May 8
6:30 pm | Cinéma Moderne

6 pm Audience welcome
6:30 pm Screening begins

Followed by a discussion on the auto-ethnographic approach of Chantal Akerman and Alice Diop

Retrospective

Thursday, May 9
5:15 pm | Cinéma Moderne

4:45 pm Audience welcome
5:15 pm Screening begins

Creation workshop

Saturday, May 11
11 am – 2 pm | Espace Go

To mark the closure of this 20th edition, the team at FIFEQ-Montréal invites you on the 11th of May at 7 pm to the rooftop of the Rialto Theatre (or in the Rialto Studio in case of bad weather!) for a final cinematic exploration entitled A Sense of Place. This project highlights a collaboration between several Iranian filmmakers and the Wim Wenders Foundation, who have committed to explore their own conceptions of “sense of place” through a series of eclectic and diverse films. The series of films will be preceded by the short film by Lisa Stevenson’s Into Unknown Parts, which examines the experience of Inuit people who were forced to leave their original communities to live in a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients. Beyond a simple narrative, the film hopes to capture one of the most striking aspects of this dislocation: the questioning of the possibility of both verbal and non-verbal communication.

During the evening, you will have the opportunity to taste the new flavors of Soda Rise Kombucha in an unique setting, enjoying a magnificent 360-degree panoramic view of Turtle Island. After the screening, the evening will continue with a collaborative concert by Fuit.es. These artists will present a collective of artistic projects blending eclectic and experimental sounds, creating a captivating and unique musical atmosphere.

Join us and don’t miss this incredible evening!

Closing evening

Saturday, May 11
8 pm | Rialto Theater

Outdoor screening
7 pm
Public welcome
8 pm Screening begins
10 pm Collaborative concert by Fuit.es

Screening organized with McGill University’s Critical Media Lab, co-presented with Cinéma sous les étoiles and Festival Courts d’un Soir