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OUMAROU GANDA RETROSPECTIVE

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 - OUMAROU GANDA RETROSPECTIVE - CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 6:30 PM

C’ÉTAIT IL Y A QUATRE ANS

BY PAULIN SOUMANOU VIEYRA, 1954

FRANCE – SÉNÉGAL | 9 MIN | VOSTF

The nostalgia of an African student in Paris for Africa.

PAULIN SOUMANOU VIEYRA (1925-1987) :

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra is considered the precursor of African cinema. Director, critic, writer and historian, he is credited with some thirty documentaries and a single feature film, “En résidence surveillée” (“Under house arrest”). The first African to graduate from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC), now the FEMIS, he shot Afrique-sur-Seine in 1955, a cult film that marked the beginnings of African cinema. At the origin of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) in 1969, he is recognized as the first critic and the first historian of African cinema with the publication, in 1975, of “African Cinema: from the origins to 1973”. He is the mentor of great figures of the seventh art, such as Ousmane Sembène, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Ababacar Samb Makharam. The origin of his family name, a Portuguese Maran Jew, comes from his ancestor Sebastien Sabino Vieyra whose original name was Mama Gouyeh and who was first deported in slavery from Nigeria (Yoruba kingdom, principality of Bida), to Brazil, before returning to Dahomey (present-day Benin) around 1850. The freed Africans bearing the names of their former Portuguese masters are called the Agoudas in Benin.

Bio : PSV Films

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 6:30 PM

AFRIQUE SUR SEINE

PAR PAULIN SOUMANOU VIEYRA, 1955

FRANCE | 21 MIN | VOSTF

Is Africa in Africa, on the banks of the Seine or in the Latin Quarter? Bitter-sweet questions posed by a generation of artists and students in search of their civilization, their culture and their future. This film, the first by African film- makers, was made under the auspices of the Ethnographic Film Committee of the Museum of Man.(PSV FILMS)

 

PAULIN SOUMANOU VIEYRA (1925-1987) : 

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra is considered the precursor of African cinema. Director, critic, writer and historian, he is credited with some thirty documentaries and a single feature film, “En résidence surveillée” (“Under house arrest”). The first African to graduate from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques (IDHEC), now the FEMIS, he shot Afrique-sur-Seine in 1955, a cult film that marked the beginnings of African cinema. At the origin of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) in 1969, he is recognized as the first critic and the first historian of African cinema with the publication, in 1975, of “African Cinema: from the origins to 1973”. He is the mentor of great figures of the seventh art, such as Ousmane Sembène, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Ababacar Samb Makharam. The origin of his family name, a Portuguese Maran Jew, comes from his ancestor Sebastien Sabino Vieyra whose original name was Mama Gouyeh and who was first deported in slavery from Nigeria (Yoruba kingdom, principality of Bida), to Brazil, before returning to Dahomey (present-day Benin) around 1850. The freed Africans bearing the names of their former Portuguese masters are called the Agoudas in Benin.

Bio : PSV Films

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 6:30 PM

BOROM SARRET

BY OUSMANE SEMBÈNE, 1963

SÉNÉGAL | 19 MIN | VOSTA

The day of a carter who roams the streets of Dakar.

The title means “The Carter” in the Wolof language.

 

OUSMANE SEMBÈNE (1923-2007) : 

Trained as a film director at the Gorky Studio (Moscow). Self-taught. Novelist. Actor. Producer (Filmi Doomireew). The Elder of the Elders! Sembène Ousmane, writer and filmmaker, was born in Ziguinchor in southern Senegal. Alternately fisherman, bricklayer, car mechanic, Senegalese rifleman, docker and then CGT union leader in Marseille, he is interested in African literature. A passion that will lead him to write novels from 1956. In 1959, he returned to Senegal and toured the African continent. At the age of 40, he studied cinema in Moscow with Marc Donskoï and Sergueï Gherassimov. From 1962, he directed short films. In 1966, his first feature film “The Black of” … makes him enter the category of directors politically and socially committed. Georges Sadoul wrote: “Thanks to Sembene Ousmane, the black continent has finally taken its place in the history of world cinema.

Bio : Africultures

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 6:30 PM

MOI, UN NOIR

BY JEAN ROUCH, 1958

CÔTE D’IVOIRE | 70 MIN | VOF

Three Nigeriens and a Nigerien settle in Treichville, a suburb of Abidjan, capital of Côte d’Ivoire. Like many of their compatriots, they try the adventure of the city… Bitter adventure for those who abandon their village and face a mechanized civilization.

 

JEAN ROUCH (1917-2004)

Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and ethnologist, born on May 31, 1917 in Paris and died on February 18, 2004 in Niger. He is particularly known for his practice of direct cinema and for his ethnographic films on African peoples such as the Dogon and their customs. Considered the creator of ethnofiction, a sub-genre of docufiction, he is one of the theorists and founders of visual anthropology.

Bio : Wikipedia

SAMEDI 11 FÉVRIER - RÉTROSPECTIVE OUMAROU GANDA - CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 1:30 PM

LES STATUES MEURENT AUSSI

BY CHRIS MARKER, ALAIN RESNAIS ET GHISLAIN CLOQUET, 1953

FRANCE | 30 MIN | LANGUES

Focusing on African art, and specifically on statues and masks, Alain Resnais’s film is a passionate plea against the until then unsuspected wrongdoings of colonialism: it has destroyed all the inner richness of pantheistic and magic culture of these regions, to slowly replace it by mass production, serving commercial and venal purposes…

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 1:30 PM

CABASCABO

BY OUMAROU GANDA, 1969

NIGER | 49 MIN | VOF

Niger. Cabascabo, an African veteran of the French colonial army in Indochina, has returned to Niger. He has squandered his fortune on an easy life in Niamey. Now a simple labourer, he sees the episodes of his life pass by.

 

OUMAROU GANDA (1935-1981)

Oumarou Ganda is a Nigerian actor and director, of the Djerma ethnic group, born in 1935 in Niamey and died on 1 January 1981 in the same city. Arrived in Paris to edit his first film Cabascabo in the middle of May 1968, Oumarou Ganda managed to make a premiere in the French capital. Selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965 for the International Critics’ Week, two months later he won the Special Jury Prize at the Sixth Moscow Film Festival and then the International Critics’ Prize in Malaga, Spain.

Bio : Wikipedia

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – 3:00 PM

L’EXILÉ

BY OUMAROU GANDA, 1980

NIGER | 78 MIN | VOF ET DJERMA

A king has the habit of listening to the wishes of his people whilst walking in disguise on the streets of his kingdom. One day he overhears two brothers daydreaming of marrying the king’s daughters, even if it meant being beheaded one year later. The weddings take place and one of the brothers is decapitated one year later. The other one escapes at his wife’s insistence. On a long journey full of surprising incidents our hero becomes king of a village, with wives and subjects. But his earlier promise haunts him, and in order to save his family he accepts to be sacrificed.

 

OUMAROU GANDA (1935-1981)

Oumarou Ganda is a Nigerian actor and director, of the Djerma ethnic group, born in 1935 in Niamey and died on 1 January 1981 in the same city. Arrived in Paris to edit his first film Cabascabo in the middle of May 1968, Oumarou Ganda managed to make a premiere in the French capital. Selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965 for the International Critics’ Week, two months later he won the Special Jury Prize at the Sixth Moscow Film Festival and then the International Critics’ Prize in Malaga, Spain.

Bio : Wikipedia

2023 EDITION

THURSDAY, MAY 4TH

CINÉMA MODERNE – 18:00 PM

INUKTITUT DIALECTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

BY : ULIVIA UVILUK 

2020 | 9 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRIES OF RECORDING : CANADA, GROENLAND
SYNOPSIS :

Ulivia Uviluk looks at the possibilities offered by the Internet for Inuktitut, a complex language whose dialects are being modified from generation to generation and which is being threatened by the dominant languages. Is the Internet an ally or an enemy?

Selected at the REGARD festival (Quebec, Canada) for the Jury Prize, the Best Documentary Prize, the Audience Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize.

BIOGRAPHY:

Ulivia Uviluk was born in Kuujjuaq on August 21, 1998. She lives between Montreal and Kangirsuk, Nunavik. She has a real passion for fashion. Since her first participation as a director with Wapikoni, Ulivia wanted to show how stylish Inuit winter clothing is. She participated in the Montreal Native campaign against discrimination and was the local coordinator for the Wapikoni workshops in Montreal and Kangirsuk.

CINÉMA MODERNE – 18:30 PM

HUAHUA’S DAZZLING WORLD AND ITS MYRIAD TEMPTATIONS

FIRST SCREENING IN QUEBEC

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL IN CANADA (KKF) AND THE ASIAN ART PUBLICATION LAB.

BY : DAPHNE XU

2022 | 83 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CHINE, CANADA
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : CANADA, ETATS-UNIS
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CHINE
SYNOPSIS :

Huahua, an eccentric and exuberant woman from Xiongan New Area, livestreams herself dancing, singing, and chatting with fans on Kuaishou for a living. Cellphone screens, beauty filters, and digital soundscapes reveal a world that Huahua creates with her own image.

Selections:
Ann Arbor Film Festival (2023)
Festival Cinéma du Réel (2022)
Festival international du film indépendant de Bordeaux (2022)

BIOGRAPHY:

Daphne Xu is a Chinese-Canadian artist and filmmaker exploring the politics and poetics of place. Her films have screened at Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel, and Art of the Real at Film at Lincoln Center. She is a Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University and an associate of the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

URSA MTL – 21H

OPENING NIGHT 19TH EDITION FIFEQ MTL

THE FIFEQ-MTL INVITES YOU AFTER ITS DOUBLE PROGRAM AT THE CINÉMA MODERNE TO A CONVIVIAL DINNER AT URSA MTL, PROUD PARTNER OF THIS UNIQUE EDITION WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

START AT 9:00 PM – URSA MTL

DOORS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT

The meal served will be with Lebanese flavors cooked with love by Trip de Bouffe! (vegetarian and vegan options will be offered to the public)

You will then find two dance performances:

  • *𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒊𝒕 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒆𝒆𝒕𝒉 choreography by Rena Eyamiah, also performed by her accompanied by Wendy Hough
    “The universe is expanding. It all started somewhere, with someone. Do you remember?”
  • *𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒔 𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒂 𝑯𝒐𝒍 𝒊𝒅𝒂𝒚 𝑰𝒏𝒏 choreography by Laura Borello Bellemare and performed by her as well as Marianne Mercier-Dulac and Li Kouri on the original music.
    “despite the uncertainty of the unknown.
    despite the aridity of the rocks.
    our eyes only exist when they are at least 4.
    In the creation process of the piece something tells me that’s not a Holiday Inn, Laura was interested in walking as a slow means of transport that requires little. Through the work, the public can access bribes of this long traverse of the territory. The atmosphere created by Li Kouri’s original music transports us to an uncertain and mysterious universe that the performers themselves tame.
  • The performances will then be followed by a dj set by Wasa bibi. Wasa Bibi aka Danica Olders is a multidisciplinary audiovisual artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her mixing style is fun with left field selection, blending styles and speeds for the best dance.

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE – STARTING AT 8:45 PM

MOTHERS OF THE LAND

ORIGINAL TITLE : SEMBRADORAS DE VIDA

BY : DIEGO SARMIENTO ET ÀLVARO SARMIENTO

2019 | 75 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTORS : PERU
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PERU
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: PERU

Screening and panel discussion on the theme: Defending the land in  context of climate change

SYNOPSIS :

Follow five women from the Peruvian Andes in their daily efforts to maintain ancestral and organic ways of working the land in a context of climate change. In an Andean worldview, women and the earth are closely linked, since both are capable of giving life: women, linked to the earth in sisterhood, assume the role of protectors.

The film has received numerous awards for “best film” or “best documentary” from festivals in Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Korea, Switzerland, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

BIOGRAPHIES : 

Diego Sarmiento and Àlvaro Sarmiento are two brothers from the Quechua community in Peru, both film directors and producers. They are known for directing three main films: Odisea amazonica (2021), Sembradoras de Vida (2019) and Sonia’s Dream (2015). They co-founded HDPERU, an independent film production company dedicated to defending the rights of Indigenous peoples and the conservation of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. Their films have received numerous awards around the world.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 9:00 PM

NOSH UP

ORIGINAL TITLE : COMEZAINAS

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : MAFALDA SALGUEIRO

2022 | 12 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : PORTUGAL
SYNOPSIS :

Cooking is caring, says my mother while preparing a family meal. Using food and recipes, personal history is interwoven with affection. A joyful ode to the unsung heroes who feed and care for us without asking for anything in return.

Selected at IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival (2022) and at Shorts Mexico (2022). Award of Best Animation at Ymotion.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Mafalda Salgueiro (Alentejo, Portugal) is based in Porto. She is a socially-driven artist, architect and director. Trained in architecture, she approaches documentary and ethnography using film, animation and drawing. Her goal is to tell stories about communities, identity, tradition.

CINÉMA MODERNE – DÈS 21H

UNWELL MIND

ORIGINAL TITLE : YAMEI SHLISHI IM YAEL

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : DANNA LEVY

2021 | 38 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : ISRAEL
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : ISRAEL
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : ISRAEL
SYNOPSIS :

Yael, a woman in a state of neurodivergence, and Danna, a student, are forced to confront difficulties in their romantic lives. Ultimately, they discover that their bond gives them all of the support they need.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Danna Levy was born in 1991, and was raised in Ramat Gan. She graduated with a BA in film and scriptwriting from Sapir College. She resided and volunteered in Sderot throughout her studies. These experiences taught her about the city and its inhabitants. Her acquaintance with Yael provided the urge to document, which, in an almost natural manner, altered their relationship into a documentary film. Unwell Mind is her graduation film.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 9:00 PM

DOMY + AILUCHA : KET STUFF !

ORIGINAL TITLE : DOMY + AILUCHA : CENAS KETS ! 

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : ICO COSTA
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH FIFA

2021 | 30 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : FRANCE, PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : MOZAMBIQUE
SYNOPSIS :

In 2020, unable to travel to Mozambique, Ico Costa asked Ailucha and Domingos to film their daily lives with a camera he had left in Inhambane the previous year. The camera acquired a special presence in the group, recording the teenage life.

Selected, among others, for the Reykjavik International Film Festival (2022) and the Beijing International Short Film Festival (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Ico Costa was born in Lisbon in 1983. He studied at the Portuguese National Film School, in Lisbon, at the Universidad del Cine, in Buenos Aires and at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, in Tourcoing, France. His work was shown at several film festivals, such as the Critics’ Week of Cannes, Rotterdam, Rome, Cinéma du Réel, Visións du Réel, New Directors/New Films, Oberhausen, Jihlava, Vila do Conde, IndieLisboa, DocLisboa, among many others.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING 9:00 PM

THE A-TEAM

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : NNENNA ONUOHA

2021 | 17 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : GHANA, NIGERIA
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : UNITED STATES, GERMANY
COUNTRIES OF RECORDING : GHANA, UNITED STATES
SYNOPSIS :

Over the phone, thirteen former classmates reminisce about their Ghanaian high school’s exchange trip to Jackson, Mississippi, USA, a decade earlier. But the more they remember, the stranger it becomes. Comprised of a mix of black and blurry images, the visuals mimic the group’s memory blocks and uncertainties, as well as those moments that they struggle to confront from the present day.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Nnenna Onuoha is a Ghanaian-Nigerian researcher and moving-image artist based in Berlin, Germany. Her research explores monumental silences surrounding the histories and afterlives of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. At its core, her work asks: How do we remember, which pasts do we choose to perform, and why? Centering Afrodiasporic voices, her practice revolves around processes of collective re-membering: putting the past together limb by limb. A second strand of her work focuses on archiving Black experience in the present to understand how, amidst all of this, we practice care and repair for each other.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 9:00PM

HABITER BEYROUTH

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : MICHEL TABET

2021 | 42 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : LEBANON, FRANCE
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : LIBAN
SYNOPSIS :

I was not in Beirut the day of the explosion, but I think the shock wave reached me. For days and days, I was sick to my stomach. It was not only because this explosion affected my city and my country. It is also because the neighborhoods that were hit are the neighborhoods of my childhood and adolescence, the neighborhoods where my closest Lebanese friends live and whose every corner I know. I decided to visit them, to check on them, to walk the streets, and measure the geographical and human changes that this explosion has brought about.

BIOGRAPHIE DU CINÉASTE : 

Michel Tabet is a Lebanese-French film director and visual anthropologist. His work lies at the junction between documentary and social sciences. He regularly works with research centers, NGOs and artists to develop investigative filmmaking capacities. His works include Méditerranée (France, 2020), Voices from Kasserine (Tunisia, 2017), Zana-bahoaka – le néo rebelle malagasy (Madagascar, 2016) and Les larmes de l’Imam Hussein (Lebanon, 2006).

URSA MTL – STARTING AT 9:00PM

FIFEQ-MTL PARTY #1

WE INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE THE WEEKEND TOGETHER AT URSA FOR A LIVE SOLO PERFORMANCE BY FLORA STARTING AT 9 P.M.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ARTIST:

Flora, voice8 finalist, Mexican-Quebec singer-songwriter, evolves through pop soul, alternative R&B, indie-folk and Latin. Originally from the Outaouais, based in Montreal, her floral and theatrical touch has distinguished her since the beginning of her career. Following her television success, she landed a mini-album contract with Les Disques Now and presented “Reinacimiento – how to rise from the ashes” on May 13, 2022. The urban hippie is a proud representative of cultural mixing. Her trilingual songs depict a textured and colorful universe. She offers us sounds that bathe us in a tropical flood to the colorful words of her daily life filled with endearing stories. She defends, above all, feminist, libertine and human ideals.

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 12:00PM

A NIGHT SONG

ORIGINAL TITLE : LE CHANT DE LA NUIT

BY : FÉLIX LAMARCHE
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH RIDM

2022 | 45 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : QUÉBEC, CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : QUÉBEC, CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : QUÉBEC, CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

A summer light penetrates through the interstices between the half-closed shutters, and casts its dappled shadows in Noëlla’s apartment, as she prepares to undergo physician-assisted dying. She is accompanied by Pierre, her caregiver, who looks after the daily necessities. Dense and diffuse, the last days of her life reveal the tight weave that links these seemingly infinitely repeated gestures to the ephemeral nature of our lives.

Selected at DOK Leipzig (2022) and RIDM (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Félix Lamarche is an independent filmmaker exploring the possibilities of documentary practice. In 2017, he directed and produced his first feature documentary, Les terres lointaines, winner of the Pierre and Yolande Perrault Award. Since then, he has been working in both short and long format and is interested in both classical and experimental approaches to film language.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 12:00PM

ONE CORNER OF A SPHERE

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : THÉO ZESIGER

2022 | 28 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : FRANCE
SYNOPSIS :

An Asian food store, bathed in the white light of neon lights. While the goods are displayed on the shelves, workers are busy and customers hesitate. People talk to each other and a cat listens to them. Little by little, the place is transformed into a real observatory of the neighborhood, of the souls that cross it, and of contemporary concerns.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Théo Zesiger was born in Ardèche and now lives in Marseille. In parallel to his work as a freelance cameraman and editor, he is involved in the direction of short narrative forms, including Tir à blanc (Goodseed Productions, 2018). Animated by the direct cinema approach, he directed in 2022 his first documentary film, One Corner of a Sphere.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 12:00PM

ASTRONAUTS OF FEUERBACH

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : JOHANN SCHILLING

2022 | 29 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR: GERMANY
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: GERMANY
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: GERMANY
SYNOPSIS :

Soon enough, humankind will ascend to space. Who can join that mission? Who has to stay behind? In some places, it has already started. Men and machine taking flight, leaving for the unknown future. For the endless void. That’s where they meet. The people using machines to clean machines and the people sheltered inside those machines. Destined to collide, never to engage. Welcome to Europe’s biggest car wash.

Selected at the 56th Hof International Film Festival (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

After graduating from high school, Johann Schilling lived for a year in Georgia, where he coordinated youth activities for a local NGO. Sentiments of alterity and a view of people who seem invisible in the postmodern world are the main themes of his artistic work, which he has been continuing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 2020. He likes to create memes.

URSA MTL – 5:00PM TO 7:00PM

5@7 MEETING OF TEAM, GUESTS, PARTNERS AND PUBLIC

BETWEEN TWO SCREENINGS, WE INVITE ALL FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS TO COME MEET AND CHAT DURING A 5 @ 7 MEETING ON A CHILL MUSICAL ATMOSPHERE.
UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:15PM

PAINTING AND SINGING PASTS AND PRESENTS : A TRIBUTE TO DIANA ALLAN’S ETHNOGRAPHIC CINEMA

COME DISCOVER AND CELEBRATE THE CINEMATOGRAPHIC WORK OF DIANA ALLAN, AN ANTHROPOLOGIST AND FILMMAKER INTERESTED IN THE PRESENT AND PAST EXPERIENCES OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES EXILED IN LEBANON. THE SCREENING OF THESE THREE LANDMARK FILMS MADE BY THE ANTHROPOLOGIST-FILMMAKER, WHICH ARE CHARACTERIZED BY A STRIKING CINEMATOGRAPHY AND A WONDERFUL SENSORIAL POETRY, WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A WORKSHOP-DISCUSSION DURING WHICH DIANA ALLAN WILL PRESENT UNPUBLISHED FRAGMENTS OF A FILM SHE IS CURRENTLY DIRECTING. THE EVENT, WHICH WILL BE CONVIVIAL AND OPEN TO ALL, WILL BE PUNCTUATED BY A READING OF TESTIMONIES FROM THE NAKBA ARCHIVES BY MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST HODA ADRA AND BY LIVELY DISCUSSIONS AROUND DELICIOUS APPETIZERS. THE SENSORIALITIES OF MIGRATORY NOSTALGIA, THE AFFECTS OF UPROOTINGS THAT SPREAD OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME, THE PRESENTS OF THE PAST, AS WELL AS THE NOTION OF LIVING ARCHIVES LINKED TO THE EXPERIENCES OF PALESTINIANS REFUGEES LIVING IN LEBANON WILL BE DISCUSSED. SEE YOU AT CONCORDIA FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL, INSPIRING, AND FREE EVENING! AN EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED.
DETAILED PROGRAM:
  • 5:15 PM – Doors open
  • 5:45 PM – Beginning of the session: reading of testimonies from the Nakba archives by Hoda Adra
  • 6:00 PM – Screening (3 films): Still Life, Terrace of the Sea, So Dear So Lovely
    – Discussion and Q&A with Diana Allan
  • 8:00 PM – BREAK: beverages and food offered
  • 8:20 PM– Workshop-discussion based on the presentation of “rushes” from a new film Diana Allan is currently working on
  • 8:50 PM – End of event
UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:45PM

SO DEAR, SO LOVELY

BY : DIANA ALLAN

2018 | 23 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : UNITED STATES
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : LEBANON
SYNOPSIS :

In this two-part tour through the streets of Lebanon, a colorful Palestinian cab driver offers offhand insight into the region’s fraught political and social climate through boisterous serenades and excitable outbursts.

Selected in numerous festivals, including Leiden International Short Film Experience (2019) and CPH:DOX (2019).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Diana Allan is an associate professor of anthropology at McGill University and a Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Living Archives. She is the author of Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (2014) and editor of Voices of the Nakba: A Living History of Palestine (2021). She is the co-founder of the Nakba Archive and co-directs the Critical Media Lab at McGill. Her films include Still Life (2007), Terrace of the Sea (2010), and So Dear, So Lovely (2018).

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 17:45PM

TERRACE OF THE SEA

BY : DIANA ALLAN

2010 | 52 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : UNITED STATES
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : UNITED STATES
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : LEBANON
SYNOPSIS :

Filmed in an unofficial Palestinian Bedouin camp established in 1948 on a stretch of beach north of Tyre, in South Lebanon, Terrace of the Sea uses a collection of family photographs taken over three generations as a prism through which to reflect on memory, loss and history.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Diana Allan is an associate professor of anthropology at McGill University and a Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Living Archives. She is the author of Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (2014) and editor of Voices of the Nakba: A Living History of Palestine (2021). She is the co-founder of the Nakba Archive and co-directs the Critical Media Lab at McGill. Her films include Still Life (2007), Terrace of the Sea (2010), and So Dear, So Lovely (2018).

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:45PM

STILL LIFE

BY : DIANA ALLAN

2007 | 25 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : UNITED STATES
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : UNITED STATES
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : LEBANON 
SYNOPSIS :

“The Arab governments pushed us out of our homes… I was twelve years old… I’ve been here for 60 years.” A beautiful, poignant documentary, Still Life examines the effects a collection of personal photos showing life in Palestine before the 1948 displacement have on an elderly Palestinian fisherman living in exile in Lebanon. It is a moving meditation on the role memory and photographs play in the lives of those in exile from their homes.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Diana Allan is an associate professor of anthropology at McGill University and a Canada Research Chair in the Anthropology of Living Archives. She is the author of Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile (2014) and editor of Voices of the Nakba: A Living History of Palestine (2021). She is the co-founder of the Nakba Archive and co-directs the Critical Media Lab at McGill. Her films include Still Life (2007), Terrace of the Sea (2010), and So Dear, So Lovely (2018).

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 7:00PM

MA VIE EN PAPIER

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : VIDA DENA
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH CINÉMA SOUS LES ÉTOILES

2022 | 80 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : IRAN À
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : BELGIUM, FRANCE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : BELGIUM

Screening followed by a discussion (in English) with Mariangel Betancourt-Diaz, Resource Coordinator at the Welcome Collective (a Montreal-based organization dedicated to asylum seekers). Discussion moderated by Jill Hanley, specialist in migration issues, professor of social work at McGill University and scientific director of the SHERPA University Institute.

SYNOPSIS :

In Brussels, Iranian artist and filmmaker Vida Dena meets Naseem, father of a Syrian family who fled the war. Between the walls of their precarious home, she dialogues with the two older children, Hala and Rima, through drawing. The small pieces of colored paper then animate the screen to tell the memories, dreams and destiny of this family living in exile.

Interreligious Prize of the International Competition of Visions du Réel – Nyon (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Vida Dena is an Iranian female artist and filmmaker who is currently living and working in Brussels, Belgium. Born in 1984 in Tehran, she studied her bachelor in Architecture in Tehran and moved to Sweden in 2009 to continue her studies in Master of fine arts. She then moved to Brussels and in 2015 she got her master in film making from KASK school of arts in Gent. She is part of a collective called “Comment peut-on être persan?” as well as a multicultural audiovisual collective called “Ciclope” based on Brussels. “My paper life”is her first long documentary.

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE- STARTING AT 8:45PM

LULLABY

BY : IRÈNE-KIMBERLEY VALIN-AWASHISH

2021 | 4 MIN | VOSTFR
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

Lullaby is a documentary essay about a coming of age and the power of the unconscious. A continuation of Sweat Lodge Song, this short film is a message of courage and hope.

Selected at imagine+nationMTL (2022); Canadian Jury Award at Indigiqueer (2022).

BIOGRAPHIE DE LA CINÉASTE : 

Born in Roberval in 1999, Irène-Kimberley Valin-Awashish comes from the communities of Opitciwan (Atikamekw) and Mashteuiatsh (Innu). Driven by her interest in set photography, she presented herself to the Wapikoni mobile studio in 2018 in Mashteuiatsh. While participating in several film projects, the idea came to her to produce a first video clip, Sweat Lodge Song, through which she expresses her passion for singing and ancestral dance. In 2021, she participated in Wapikoni’s Trois-Rivières stopover as an assistant filmmaker, in addition to directing a second documentary essay entitled Lullaby. In 2022, she directed Transition as part of the virtual studio.

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE- STARTING AT 8:45PM

ON ZENITH’S EDGE

ORIGINAL TITLE : SUR LE FIL DU ZÉNITH

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : NATYVEL PONTALIER

2021 | 55 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : GABON, BELGIUM
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : FRANCE, BELGIUM, GABON
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : GABON
SYNOPSIS :

I come from a people – the Fangs – where the dead never leave the living. But since we became Christians, we can no longer hear them. Lost between what I know and what I see, between the here below and the hereafter, I lead an initiatory quest that allows me to reveal our history, one that has not been transmitted.

Selected at IFDA – Amsterdam (2021), at the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas (2022), and at St-Louis Doc, where the film won the Grand Prix du Jury (medium-length films).

BIOGRAPHY : 

A Belgian documentary filmmaker originally from Gabon, she graduated from the Lussas Documentary School and has made several films, including Le Club des silencieux (2014), which is about deafness in Gabon. In her new documentary On Zenith’s Edge, she shares with us her search for her ancestors and for ancient traditions, from Brussels to Ebolo, her home village, examining finely missing pieces of history and colonization.

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE- STARTING AT 8:45PM

AWASKINAWASON (ENFANTS DE LA TERRE)

BY : ANTHONY DUBÉ (FILM PRODUCED IN COLLABORATION WITH WAPIKONI MOBILE)

2015 | 3 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

Awaskinawason is composed of the Atikamekw words awacic (child), aski (land) and takonawason (to be responsible for). It is a call to respect the great circle of life.

Film produced in collaboration with Wapikoni Mobile.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Anthony Dubé, member of the Atikamekw community, was a high school teacher in Manawan from 2016 to 2020. He has been an Atikamekw translator since 2008 and a radio host since 2017. He collaborated in the creation of the first online encyclopedia in North America in an Indigenous language (Atikamekw), with the objectives of promoting and revitalizing his mother tongue, as well as contributing to Reconciliation between peoples.

CINÉMATHÈQUE QUÉBÉCOISE- STARTING AT 8:45PM

SEVEN RIDGES

ORIGINAL TITLE : SIETE FILOS

FIRST SCREENING IN QUEBEC

BY : ANTONIO COELLO

2022 | 75 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR: MEXICO, COLOMBIA
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION: MEXICO, COLOMBIA, UNITED STATES, NORWAY
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: MEXICO
SYNOPSIS :

In a desert by the sea, an ancient culture endures toxic modernity. A grandmother and her granddaughter intertwine in estrangement over memory. The myth sheds controversy; time falls in dreams of sand, old songs and rock music. First full-length feature drama to be ever produced in Cmiique Iitom (Seri language).

The film received an award of recognition at Ethno Kino (2022) and received the prize for the Best Original Screenplay at aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Antonio Coello is a Mexican and Colombian filmmaker and visual anthropologist who collaborates as curator with the Dreamspeakers International Film Festival. His short films involve indigenous communities with which he creates collective cinematic stories that have been shown at various festivals and museums like the Guggenheim Museum in New York and ImagineNATIVE at Toronto. As a teacher he has taught workshops and courses on screenplay writing and filmmaking in Mexico, Canada, U.S.A., India and Nepal. Siete Filos (Seven Ridges) is his first full-length feature film.

URSA MTL- STARTING AT 9:00PM

FIFEQ-MTL PARTY #2

FOR THIS THIRD EVENING OF THE FESTIVAL WE WILL SET UP A MORE FRIENDLY AND FUN ATMOSPHERE WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF 3 STAND-UP ARTISTS: ALTESSE, MIBENSON & ANTONY GIULIANI. THEY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A JAZZ ATMOSPHERE PROPOSED BY THE DUO DENIS ROY AND GUILLAUME LEFEBVRE.
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE ARTISTS:

Altesse! Remember this name. Newly arrived on the Montreal scene, this young Congolese will dazzle you with her energy, her style and above all her unique elocution. If you thought Louis-José Houde spoke fast, you ain’t seen nothing yet! His humor is like a new wind that hits you hard and captures your attention instantly. Without restraint, she shares her moods while delivering a few messages through her jokes. Whether it’s her impressive flow or her flamboyant personality, Altesse will certainly keep you spellbound.

Mibbenson Sylvain: Mibenson is a humorist of Haitian origin who grew up in Terrebonne. He started humor 4 years ago in bars. Mibenson is a bon vivant, he has a dynamism and a contagious joie de vivre. He will make you fall on his charm, otherwise money back… or something like that.

Antony Giuliani: emerging comedian from Montreal.

Duo jazz: Saxophonist Denis Roy and bassist Guillaume Lefebvre have been improvising together since 2019.

Over the years, they have developed a dialogue and a rich musical complicity that will transport you through music colored with several varied styles.

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 3:40PM

PRISME

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : AN VAN DIENDEREN, ROSINE MBAKAM AND ELÉONORE YAMEOGO

2021 | 78 MIN | VOFSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTORS : BELGIUM, CAMEROON, BURKINA FASO
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : BELGIUM
COUNTRIES OF RECORDING : BELGIUM, CAMEROON, BURKINA FASO

Screening followed by a discussion with Lily-Cannelle Mathieu, doctoral student in anthropology of the image and of artificial intelligence, and Sara-Claudia Ligondé, Montreal-based director and photographer, member of Réalisatrices Équitables.

SYNOPSIS :

Prism is a documentary film exploring the legacy and effects of the racism inherent in photographic technology, which was developed with white skin in mind.

Selected at CPH:DOX (2022) and Cinéma du Réel (2022).

BIOGRAPHIES : 

Eléonore Yaméogo : 

Born in Burkina Faso in 1978, Eléonore Yaméogo turned with determination to a passion that is difficult for a woman to practice in Africa: filmmaking. She first trained on numerous production sets before entering the Institut Supérieur de l’Image et du Son (ISIS) in Burkina Faso, where she obtained her BTS in audiovisual and worked on complex and demanding documentary subjects.

An van Dienderen:

Is a filmmaker who works at the intersection between documentary, anthropology and visual arts. While exploring various documentary strategies and the anthropological relation between self and other, she also investigates the medium of film in a self-reflective way. She investigates the opposition of fact and fiction, imagination and observation, representation and experience, using the importance of the image in our multicultural society as a point of departure. Her work shows the absurd, poetic, and often touching stories that these oppositions can hold in everyday life.

Rosine Mbakam : 

A fiction and documentary filmmaker, Rosine Mbakam graduated from INSAS in 2012. Rosine Mbakam grew up in Cameroon. She chose cinema at a very early age and trained in Yaoundé with the Italian NGO COE (Centro Orientamento Educativo), where she was introduced to image, editing and directing in 2000. In order to develop cinema in her country, Cameroon, she founded the production company Tândor Films in 2018. At the same time, she initiated Caravane Cinéma, which ensures the distribution of African films in the working class neighborhoods of major Cameroonian cities through open-air screenings. She divides her time between her production structure (Tândor Productions in Belgium and Tândor Films in Cameroon), where she works on several projects, and her teaching activities at KASK in Ghent (Belgium).

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 2:00PM

LIGHT UPON LIGHT

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : CHRISTIAN SUHR

2022 | 78 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : DENMARK
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : EGYPT, DENMARK
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : EGYPT
SYNOPSIS :

A fieldtrip into the mystical traditions of Islam exploring people’s search for light at a time of darkness and political tension in post revolutionary Egypt. * * * Sonia sees light streaming into her heart from a person’s finger. Aya is lifted into a luminous space in the midst of a ritual. Maher travels to the shrine of a holy man to find out if the light and love that people are referring to is real. Meanwhile the film crew, Muhammad, Amira, and Christian tries to find out how they can film these experiences of light and how there can be so much light and darkness in this world and inside themselves. Light Upon Light is the first film in a planned trilogy with the Cairo-based film collective Hassala Films.

Selected at CPH : DOX (2022) and Cairo International Film Festival (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Christian Suhr is a filmmaker and professor at the Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark. During fieldwork in Egypt, Denmark and Papua New Guinea, he has explored experiences of spirit possession, psychiatric illnesses, religious healing, and how film can be used to approach unseen dimensions of human life. He is the author and director of the award-winning film and book Descending with Angels about possession, psychiatry, and Islamic exorcism.

CINÉMA DU PARC – STARTING AT 4:30PM

ODEHIMIN

ORIGINAL TITLE : BAIE DU COEUR

BY : KIJÂTAI-ALEXANDRA VEILLETTE-CHEEZO

2020 | 3 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA

* Discussion moderated by Francine Saillant, a Quebec anthropologist and artist specializing in medical anthropology and care, including issues of disability, human rights, plurality, social justice and recognition, while having developed a reflection and methodological practice rooted in research-creation through video, visual arts and writing.

SYNOPSIS :

Odehimin is about reconnecting with oneself and learning to love oneself again. A magnificent experimental short film allowing for a reappropriation of the self and of the body.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Kijâtai was born in Val-d’Or to a non-Indigenous mother and an Indigenous father from the Anishnabe Nation. They considers themselves artist and activist. They have directed three short films addressing Indigenous realities (Kijâtai, Kabak and Odehimin) by their poetic use of images and sounds. They are currently involved with organizations such as Puamun Meshkenu, Mikana and Wapikoni as an ambassador, which allows them to present awareness workshops and to participate in discussions concerning Indigenous cultures and realities while working to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

CINÉMA DU PARC – STARTING AT 4:30PM

JULIE ON LINE

ORIGINAL TITLE: FRÉQUENCE JULIE

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : MIA MA
PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FESTIVAL FILMINISTES

2021 | 78 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : FRANCE
DISCUSSION IN THE PRESENCE OF MELISSA SOKOLOFF, 
A professional art-therapist and certified supervisor (B.Sc.S., M.A., Ph.D.) with a passion for research and teaching, particularly in the applied humanities in the field of health.She uses research-creation, self-ethnography, qualitative and collaborative methods, is interested in quantitative methods, and has hopes to see more use and documentation of artistic practices in the health care field.
She has received the Hester Katz Student Award and the Award of Excellence for Research in Art Therapy from the “Association des art-thérapeutes du Québec” and is a member of the Canevas Art Therapy Centre’s team (Montréal).
SYNOPSIS :

One day, Julie heard voices threatening her. Doctors gave her electric shocks, marabouts tried to exorcise her, she swallowed a lot of medicines, drank a lot of potions, spent days in the hospital, and long hours locked up at home trying to forget the past and imagine the future. Administratively speaking, she is since her first hospitalization an 80% “disabled” person. In my eyes, she is a precious friend, a sensitive soul, a resister who decided that she would not make “a career of victim”. For five years, I have been filming her. Together, we dive into her past and discover the story of a heroine.

Selected at the Rencontres Images Mentales de Bruxelles (2023), the Sheffield Doc Fest (2022), and the Écrans Documentaires d’Arcueil (2021).

BIOGRAPHY : 

At the end of the 1990s, Mia Ma watched Jean-Pierre Thorn’s film Faire kiffer les anges on her television set, driven by her love of hip-hop dance. She discovered with enthusiasm a kind of documentary she had never seen before, which transforms intimacy into politics, and reality into cinema. It is only ten years later, after having served chicken at KFC, worn hostess and mascot costumes, obtained a master’s degree in Philosophy, written for magazines, filmed and edited X-rated videos, reports, institutional films and DIY tutorials, that she decides to learn filmmaking at the Ateliers Varan, convinced that documentary cinema is a privileged way to question the world we live in.

CINÉMA DU PARC – STARTING AT 6:50PM

DON’T WORRY ABOUT INDIA

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : NAMA FILMCOLLECTIVE

2022 | 98 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : INDIA
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION: INDIA, SWITZERLAND
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : INDIA
SYNOPSIS :

An Indian filmmaker returns to his homeland during the national elections. With voting spread over a period of six long weeks, he starts travelling the country, turning the camera towards his family.

Selected at Visions du réel (2022) and at Filmfest Bremen (2023).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Arjun Jr & Nama Filmcollective :
Founded in 2019 in Mumbai, Nama Filmcollective is a collaboration between Indian and European artists. Nama means diary, or chronicle.

ESPACE GO – FROM 2:00PM TO 17:00PM

CREATION WORKSHOP – FILM ETHNOGRAPHY

LIMITED PLACES (10 PEOPLE)
THIS FILM CREATION WORKSHOP AIMS TO FAMILIARIZE THE PUBLIC WITH THE GENRE OF ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM AND TO PROPOSE A CREATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICE. THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE LED TO COLLECTIVELY DISCUSS A THEME, AS WELL AS A ARTISTIC DIRECTION. THEY WILL THEN BE OFFERED TO SHOOT IMAGES AND RECORD SOUNDS THAT WILL BE USED TO CREATE THE MOVIE.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, SEND US AN EMAIL AT OUR ADDRESS: ETHNOGRAPHIK@GMAIL.COM, SPECIFYING IN THE SUBJECT: “WORKSHOP-CREATION”
HOSTED BY: 

Anna HENRY

Anna Henry is a student in anthropology and environment at McGill University. She is particularly interested in the intersection between these two disciplines and the possibilities that visual anthropology can offer in these fields.

Héloïse GRUZ

Héloïse Gruz (France, 1998) has been in Montreal for less than a year. PhD student in research-creation at the University of Montreal in cinematographic studies, they previously obtained a master’s degree in philosophy at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris (2020) then a master’s degree in Arts, literature and language at the École of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris (2022). Self-taught and amateur in documentary film and noise music, 2/Us is their last medium-length film. They are currently based in Montreal.

COURSE OF THE WORKSHOP

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

  • Field familiarization
  • Presentation, context: what is an ethnographic film?
  • Watching extracts from films shot with a telephone
  • Presentation of the workshop process
  • Define a first shooting theme

1:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

  • Location scouting, 1st shooting session

2:15-2:45 p.m.

  • Pooling of images/recordings
  • Set movie theme

2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.

  • Break

3-4 p.m.

  • 2nd shooting session

4-5 p.m.

  • Pooling of images/recordings
  • Final discussion

Two weeks will be needed to finalize the final assembly. A first draft of the film will be shared with the participants at the end of the first week of editing and their feedback will be taken into account before finalizing the film. The final version of the film will also be shared with the participants and potentially published on the website of the FIFEQ-MTL.

ESPACE GO – FROM 2:00PM TO 5:00PM

CREATIVE COMPOSITION: CONSIDERING SOUND, SOCIETY AND THE SELF

THE WORKSHOP WE PROPOSE WILL TAKE SOUND AS ITS MEDIUM AND METHOD OF INVESTIGATION. OUR CHALLENGE IN THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE TO BUILD A CREATIVE SOUND COMPOSITION USING OUR SMARTPHONE MICROPHONES, FOUND OBJECTS AND BASIC AUDIO EDITING TECHNOLOGY WITHIN THE THREE-HOUR TIMEFRAME. 
WE WILL SUGGEST A COMPOSITION THAT EVOKES A PARTICULAR EMOTION, FEELING OR STATE OF MIND. 
THE AIM OF THE SESSION WILL BE TO STIMULATE CONTEMPLATION AND A REFLECTION ON THE SONIC DIMENSION OF HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND CULTURE – AND THEREBY THE POLITICS OF THE SENSES – AND ITS ARTISTIC TRANSPOSITION. DO PARTICULAR SENSES DOMINATE? OR ARE OUR IMPRESSIONS CO-CONSTITUTED BY THE DIFFERENT SENSES? 
PRODUCING A SOUNDSCAPE PORTRAYING A FEELING-STATE, PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE TO ATTEND TO THEIR SENSE-PERCEPTION AND REFLECT ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL SENSATION, AND HOW THE SENSES – INSIDE AND OUTSIDE- ARE RELATED TO OUR EMOTIONAL LIVES. 
WITH THIS EXERCISE WE SUGGEST A PLAYFUL ATTEMPT AT A SENSORIAL ETHNOGRAPHIC RECORDING.

Materials needed :
smartphone, laptop (preferably preloaded with Audacity, a free sound editing software).

If interested, send an email at : ethnographik@gmail.com specifying in the subject: “workshop-creation”

HOSTED BY BRIAN MAC DONNCHA AND MIRA BOSSAKOVA: 

Brian Mac Donncha and Mira Bossakova are graduates from an interdisciplinary social sciences programme in Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics at the University of Amsterdam, with a further specialisation in Anthropology. Since their graduation in 2021, they have studied at the University of Edinburgh, SciencesPo, and, most recently, McGill University, with their research interests converging around questions of affect and the senses, experimental methodologies, media and the city.

MONDAY, MAY 8TH

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:00PM

THE PLACE BETWEEN WAS AND WILL BE

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : THÉO PANAGOPOULOS

2021 | 17 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : GREECE, LEBANON, PALESTINE
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION: GREECE, SCOTLAND
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : GREECE
SYNOPSIS :

After his grandfather is diagnosed with dementia, the filmmaker conducts a ritual of anticipatory grief in his grandparents’ abandoned summer house. Using the concept of liminality to explore the house’s past, present and uncertain future, he aims to slow down the moment of a big change and open a discourse his family avoids having.

Selected at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Theo Panagopoulos is a Greek-Lebanese-Palestinian filmmaker, film programmer and PhD candidate based in Scotland. His creative documentary short My Own Personal Lebanon screened in multiple BAFTA-Qualifying festivals, shortlisted for the IRIS award of the Hellenic Film Academy and won the Odysseus award at the International Documentary Festival of Kastellorizo, and his most recent documentary The Place between Was & Will Be premiered at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. He was recently commissioned to write and direct his next fiction short film called The Lost Keys which explores his Palestinian roots.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:00PM

THE PORTERS

ORIGINAL TITLE : DE DRAGERS

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : SARAH VANAGT

2022 | 35 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : BELGIUM
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : BELGIUM
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : BELGIUM
SYNOPSIS :

I’m going on a trip and I’m taking with me: an elephant bone to stir up food, a feather to catch winged termites, eight butterflies, a rope made of fragrant roots… and 150 meters of exposed but undeveloped film for the Ministry of Colonies.

Special mention at IDFA Amsterdam (2022) and selection at the Festival En Ville! in Brussels (2023).

BIOGRAPHY : 

For more than ten years, Sarah Vanagt has been making documentaries, video installations and photographs in which she intertwines her interest in history and the origins of cinema. Her films question memory, traces, and survival by privileging the gaze of childhood.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 6:05PM

LA GRIMACE

(ORIGINAL TITLE: THE GRIN)

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : LOÏC FEINTE ET MÉLINDA FEUILLEPAIN

2020 | 18 MIN | VOF 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTORS : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : FRANCE
SYNOPSIS :

Mrs. Jèze has a memory disease. Between her daughter and the caregivers, her apartment is the scene of daily visits. One day, a film crew arrives at her home…

Official selection at the Jean Rouch International Festival; In competition at Premiers Regards (2022).

BIOGRAPHIES OF THE FILMMAKERS : 

Loïc Feinte

Loïc Feinte : Born in Lyon, he studied literature after his baccalaureate before joining the master of documentary at Paris Diderot. The Grin is his first short film.

Mélinda Feuillepain

Biography to come.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 6:05PM

VAYCHILETIK

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : JUAN JAVIER PÉREZ

2021 | 83 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR: MEXICO
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION: MEXICO
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: MEXICO
SYNOPSIS :

Through his dreams, José received a gift given by the gods. A gift that brings consequences. Now that he is at a mature age in life, José would like to rest, but he is not allowed to. Vaychiletik explores this fierce yet beautiful reality, forged from the dreams of the Mayan people of Mexico.

Intangible Heritage Award at the Jean Rouch Festival (2022), Special Jury Award at the Biarritz Latin America Festival, and Jury Award for Best Mexican Feature Film at Doqumenta International.

BIOGRAPHY 

Juan Javier Pérez was born in 1989 in Chiapas, Mexico, in the Tsotsil Mayan village of Zinacantán. Since he was a child, he has participated in ceremonies of his community as a companion of his father, a renowned traditional musician in Zinacantán. He studied for two years at the San Cristóbal de las Casas Documentary Film School, and directed the short documentary film Nichimal Son (Blooming Music). Vaychiletik is his first documentary feature film.

TUESDAY, MAY 9TH

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:50PM

LA TUMBA MAMBI

FIRST SCREENING IN NORTH AMERICA

BY : DJ JIGÜE & ALEXANDRINE BOUDREAULT-FOURNIER

2022 | 28 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTORS : CUBA, CANADA
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : CUBA, CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CUBA
SYNOPSIS :

As a result of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804), many French settlers travelled to Eastern Cuba with African enslaved people to escape the revolt. The Tumba Francesa Societies, which were known as a brotherhood and a mutual aid network, emerged from these waves of slave migrations. Eventually, they became integral constituents of Cuban culture. La Tumba Mambi is a docu-fiction film based on the Tumba Francesa, La Caridad de Oriente, which is located in the city of Santiago de Cuba. Through the Society’s youngest member, Flavio, who is collecting information about the Tumba Francesa for a school project, we meet his grand-mother Andrea and mother Queli, two charismatic knowledge keepers of their rich cultural traditions. The original film soundtrack composed and produced by Cuban based DJ Jigüe, in collaboration with Tumba Francesa members, is a rhythmic and striking reminder that the present is grounded in a history of struggles for freedom.

Selected for the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) Film Festival, Bristol (UK), where it was in competition for the Ethnomusicology Film Award and the SAPIENS Audience Film Award.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHIES : 

DJ Jigüe

Sent from an alternate future to connect different dimensions, DJ Jigüe combines ancestral rhythms with the live presence of Afro-Cuban drums, Afro-futuristic and electronic waves. DJ Jigüe is the creator behind Guámpara Music, the first independent urban music label in Cuba, which allowed him to experiment with new sounds. He has produced several albums, including Havana Cultura and Súbelo Cuba produced in conjunction with Gilles Peterson. He is currently one of the most well-known DJs within the electronic scene in Cuba, developing his own aesthetic called Tropical Afrofuturism.

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Alexandrine is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Victoria, located on the West Coast of Canada, on the territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən, the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. She is the author of Aerial Imagination in Cuba: Stories from Above the Rooftop in Cuba (2020).

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:50PM

STREAMS OF SILENCE (TITRE ORIGINAL : TRAZOS DE SILENCIO)

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : VALENTINA PELAYO ATILANO

2022 | 28 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : MEXICO, USA
COUNTRIES OF PRODUCTION : MEXICO, SPAIN, PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : MEXICO
SYNOPSIS :

Resembling a constellation of ideas and sentiments of a (still) wounded land, the taxi ride of the filmmaker through Mexico City interweaves Bernal Díaz del Castillo’s account of “The True History of the Conquest of New Spain”; from there sprouts the echoes of violence and what remains in silence.

The film received a Special Mention at the Latin American Short Film Competition FicValdivia International Film Festival, in Chile (2022), and at the Mexican Documentary Shorts Competition Morelia International Film Festival, in Mexico (2022).

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY :

Valentina Pelayo Atilano (Mexico City, 1992) moved to California aged nine. She is a multidisciplinary artist who completed her undergraduate at the California Institute of the Arts (2016). Additionally, she holds two MA degrees, one in Cultural Theory and Criticism from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and the other in filmmaking studies from Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (2021). Streams of Silence (2022) is her first short film. She is currently based in Mexico City.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – DÈS 17H50

UNDER THE WHITE MASK: THE FILM THAT HAESAERTS COULD HAVE MADE

(ORIGINAL TITLE : ONDER HET WITTE MASKER: DE FILM DIE HAESAERTS HAD KUNNEN MAKEN)

FIRST SCREENING IN QUEBEC

BY : MATTHIAS DE GROOF

2020 | 9 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : BELGIUM
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : BELGIUM
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : BELGIUM
SYNOPSIS :

This short film uses fragments of “Under the Black Mask”, a 1958 film about Congolese art directed by the Belgian artist Paul Haesaerts and qualified as colonial propaganda. This new film imagines what the masks, now subjects and not objects, would say. Aimé Césaire’s “Discourse on Colonialism” is spoken in Lingala for the first time. This speech is still a critical mirror for Europe. “Under the White Mask” is limited to elements already existing in 1958.

Official selections at the Sheffield Doc/Fest. (2021), at the Olhar de Cinema Curitiba International Film Festival (2021), at Doclisboa International Film Festival (2021), and at the Berlinale International Film Festival • Forum Expanded  (2021-2022).

BIOGRAPHIE DU CINÉASTE : 

Matthias De Groof was born in 1981 in Brussels, Belgium. He is a philosopher, film researcher and filmmaker. Matthias De Groof has published with Third Text, Columbia University Press, and Cambridge Scholars. He edited the book Lumumba in the Arts (Leuven University Press). His award-winning films have been shown at IFFR, Media City, the Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes, FIFA, and others.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:30PM

EVEN ASTEROIDS ARE NOT ALONE

FIRST CANADIAN SCREENING

BY : JÓN BJARKI MAGNÚSSON

2018 | 17 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : ICELAND
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : ALLEMAGNE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : ONLINE GAME EVE ONLINE’S GALAXIES
SYNOPSIS :

Like roaming asteroids, we move through space: never alone, forming deep bonds along the way. Hundreds of thousands of online gamers mine, trade and fight their way through computer-generated galaxies far, far away from the world as we know it. Weaving together the experiences of fourteen Eve Online players, we reveal an intimate story about the ability of online games to forge community and bridge the space between us.

Best Short Film Award at the RAI Film Festival of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2019).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Jón Bjarki Magnússon (b. 1984) is an anthropological filmmaker with a background in journalism and poetry. He studied creative writing at the University of Iceland and received his MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität, Berlin, in 2018. His works include journalism on the conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers in Iceland, a book of poetry, and a short film on friendship in cyberspace.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:30PM

SILENCES

ORIGINAL TITLE : SILÊNCIOS

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : CÉSAR PEDRO

2022 | 24 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : PORTUGAL
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : ANGOLA
SYNOPSIS :

Uíge, Angola. Inside a Portuguese catholic seminar, different forms of silence are experienced. A place inhabited by multiple sonorities and images that wander from nature and meditation to colonial impressions.

Selected at DocLisboa International Film Festival (2022).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Filmmaker working mainly with documentary and experimental film, music, and theatre. Author of several films in both Vilnius and Guimarães’ European Capital of Culture. As a finalist of the Inov-Art programme in Mozambique he directed his first feature film Casa Velha. Currently teaches in film and multimedia departments in several institutions and is finishing a MFA in Multimedia Art at Lisbon Fine Arts University with the short-film Silences.

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – STARTING AT 5:30PM

THROUGH HANDS OF MINE

ORIGINAL TITLE : RUKU MOJEJU

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : KOŠTANA BANOVIĆ

2022 | 72 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR: NETHERLANDS
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: NETHERLANDS
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: MONTENEGRO
SYNOPSIS :

On a small island, in a convent with fifteen nuns, in the rhythm of work and prayer, and in the endlessly undulating movements of nature, Ruku Mojeju revolves around sensorial practices of religion.

Selected at Beldocs – International Documentary Film Festival Belgrade (2022).

BIOGRAPHY 

Koštana Banović, born in 1960 in Sarajevo, is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She works with various media including drawing, performance, (video-)installation, and film. Her cinematic practice addresses the interaction between experimental and cinéma vérité documentary styles, and includes a reflexivity belonging to the category of essay-film.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 6:30PM

INVASION

BY : MICHAEL TOLEDANO AND SAM VINAL

2020 | 19 MIN | VOSTF
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTORS : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous territories continue to be seized by force. Invasion focuses on the resistance of the Unist’ot’en encampment, the Gidimt’en access point and the entire Wet’suwet’en nation against the colonial violence of the Canadian government and big businesses.

BIOGRAPHIES : 

Michael Toledano is a reporter, photographer and documentary filmmaker interested in environmental pollution and Indigenous land issues

Sam Vinal is a filmmaker, producer and director of documentary and narrative films rooted in the socio-political landscape. For him, film is the best medium to combine his passion for art and to denounce political issues.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 6:30PM

ILNU AITUN AU FÉMININ

BY : AMÉLIE COURTOIS, PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH WAPIKONI MOBILE

2019 | 6 MIN | VOF 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

This short film accompanies the women of Puakuteu (the Women’s Committee of Mashteuiatsh) in search of ancestral learnings. They discover that it is necessary to take the time to learn and to look at what Mother Earth offers us in order to fuel the sacred fire within them.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Amélie Courtois is an Innu-Atikamekw multidisciplinary artist from the Mashteuiatsh community. She is mainly inspired by ancestral know-how and by the observation of nature.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 6:30PM

ASKI, LA MÈRE DE TOUS

BY : AMÉLIE COURTOIS, PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH WAPIKONI MOBILE

2022 | 3 MIN | VOSTF 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

A poetic film inspired by nature and what it offers us: colors and softness. A tribute to Mother Earth, this film takes the time to look at the little details of the forest.

BIOGRAPHIE DE LA CINÉASTE : 

Amélie Courtois is an Innu-Atikamekw multidisciplinary artist from the Mashteuiatsh community. She is mainly inspired by ancestral know-how and by the observation of nature.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 6:30PM

SHA’À

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : PEREGRINO SHANOCUA CHAETA, PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH “IF NOT US THEN WHO?” 

2022 | 3MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : PERU
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PERU
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: PERU
SYNOPSIS :

Peregrino is a young Indigenous person from the Ese Eja community of Madre de Dios in Peru. He must seek guarantees for his life after having receiving threats for opposing illegal gold miners affecting a protected area part of his community’s ancestral territory. This film explores what happens when a government is unable to protect its environmental defenders.

BIOGRAPHY : 

Peregrino Shanocua Chaeta is a filmmaker, narrator and spokesperson for his community, Ese Eja de Madre de Dios, which is located in the southwestern Amazon basin, between Bolivia and Peru.

CINÉMA MODERNE – STARTING AT 6:30PM

PIATUA RESISTE

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY :YANDA INAYU AND MIGUEL IMBAQUINGO CHIMARROM, PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH “IF NOT US THEN WHO?”

2019 | 19 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTORS : ECUADOR
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: ECUADOR
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: ECUADOR
SYNOPSIS :

Facing a hydroelectric dam development in their territory, the Kichwa communities of Santa Clara fight back. Piatua Resists follows the grassroots struggle and legal process to defend the Piatúa river in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The dam would seriously impact the flow of the Piatúa river and the communities living on its banks, in one of the most biodiverse regions of the planet.

BIOGRAPHIES: 

Miguel Imbaquingo Chimarro was born and raised in the community of La Buena Esperanza in Cangahua, Ecuador. He is a filmmaker, author of several short films, and collaborator on numerous community projects. His audiovisual work focuses on the need to represent the issues of struggle and resistance experienced by Indigenous peoples.

Yanda Inayu is a Sapara digital communicator, representing the Llanachama Cocha community located in Ecuador. He has traveled to several countries around the world to expose how the planet and its ancestral cultures are being compromised by the risks of extinction and destruction associated with mining and oil.

URSA MTL – FROM 6:30PM TO 8:00PM

FIFEQ-MTL PARTY #3

AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE WILL MEET FOR OUR LAST FESTIVE EVENING BEFORE CLOSING NIGHT AROUND A LIVE GUITAR PERFORMANCE BY COLE JAMES. THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET UP TO DISCUSS AND TELL EACH OTHER ABOUT THE LATEST FILMS SEEN IN A POP, ROCK AND ALTERNATIVE MUSICAL ATMOSPHERE.
ARTIST DESCRIPTIONS:

Cole James Wynia is a twenty three year old progressive guitarist who specializes in pop, rock, punk and alternative guitar. With original songs that blend tones and techniques of past guitar players. While adding more modern influences.

MERCREDI 10 MAI

UNIVERSITÉ CONCORDIA – FROM 5:45PM

PERPETUAL PERSON

(ORIGINAL TITLE : PERSONA PERPETUA)

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : JAVIER BELLIDO VALDIVIA

2020 | 104 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR: PERU
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: PERU
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: PERU
SESSION :

Screening followed by a discussion (to be confirmed).

SYNOPSIS :

An intimate approach to the experience of Alzheimer’s disease in a 95-year-old woman and to her relationship with her immediate surroundings. The tension between lucidity and dementia will shape a new notion of personhood, able to live and perceive the world in another way.

Selected, among others, at Ethnocineca- International Documentary Film Festival Vienna (2022), at FIDBA – International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires (2022), at the Cinema Vérité Festival of Iran (2021), and at Kasseler Dokfest (2021).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Javier Bellido Valdivia (1985). Painter and filmmaker. Bachelor of Art with a mention in Painting from the Faculty of Art of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and Master in Visual Anthropology (PUCP).

His second feature film is “Persona Perpetua” (2020), it received the “EVA – Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award”; from the 16° Ethnocineca – International Documentary Film Festival Vienna (Austria). The film had its world premiere at the 18° Doclisboa (Portugal), followed by international film festivals. His first feature film is “Connatural” (2018), it received the Best Project Award at the IV TransLAB of the Transcinema festival. The film had its world premiere at the 22° Jihlava IDFF (Czech Republic), followed by international film festivals. Previously, he made “Sinmute” (2008), a medium-length film presented at exhibitions and cultural centers. He currently works as a teacher at the Faculty of Art and Design PUCP and on projects related to painting and cinema.

CINÉMA DU PARC – STARTING AT 7:00PM

THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL MY MOTHER

FIRST SCREENING IN CANADA

BY : HUMAIRA BILKIS

2022 | 84 MIN | VOSTA 
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF DIRECTOR : BANGLADESH
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: FRANCE, BANGLADESH
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: BANGLADESH

Screening potentially followed by a discussion led by Safia Boufalaas (Concordia U.) or Valérie Amiraux (UdeM).

SYNOPSIS :

Humaira Bilkis has a problem: after a pilgrimage to Mecca, her mother, who was previously an emancipated poet, has now become devout. The filmmaker has to fight to get her to accept the camera, since her religion forbids images, while hiding her relationship with a Hindu man from Calcutta.

Sélectionné au IDFA – Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (2022), à Vision du Réel (2022), et à DocPoint (2023).

BIOGRAPHY : 

Humaira Bilkis is a Dhaka-based independent filmmaker and producer. She chose non-fiction as a medium because it liberated her to be a storyteller. Her early forays into filmmaking are informed with a reading of media, culture, gender, and development issues she has been developing since she was a student of Mass Communication and Journalism of University of Dhaka. She’s a former graduate in Creative Documentary from Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication.

THURSDAY, MAY 11TH

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

LÀ OÙ MÈNENT NOS PAS

BY : KATHERINE NEQUADO AND ULYSSE DELSAUTE

2022 | 10 MIN | VOSTF
COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF THE FILMMAKERS : CANADA AND BELGIUM
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: FRANCE
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : FRANCE
SYNOPSIS :

It is all around us, but we don’t all look at it the same way. Crossed portraits of three young people narrating their relationship with nature. This short documentary was made during the Kino-DoK 2022 session of the Festival Résistances.

BIOGRAPHIES:

Katherine Nequado is a member of the Atikamekw community of Manawan. She has already directed several short films, including En Wamin (La pomme), in 2017, which was presented throughout Quebec and abroad; Nin Tapwe (Authentique); and, last year, Là où mènent nos pas. A student in film production at Concordia University, she wishes to continue producing films and has a particular interest in Aboriginal and community history.

Ulysse Delsaute is a student at the Institut Supérieur Industriel de Bruxelles. He is passionate about cinema. His hobby is filmmaking, which led him to participate in the Kino-DoK 2022 session of the Festival Résistances.

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

DEEPEST DARKNESS, FLAMING SUN

BY : ELLA MORTON

2020 | 9 MIN | VOSTF
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE FILMMAKER: CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING: NORWAY
SYNOPSIS :

Deepest Darkness, Flaming Sun is a short experimental film about the Svalbard Archipelago in the Norwegian Arctic. Narrated by wilderness guide Marte Agneberg Dahl, the film features altered Super 8mm film footage of the region. Marte speaks about her travels in the Arctic, climate change, walruses, and the region’s history.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR : 

Ella Morton (she/her) is a Canadian visual artist and filmmaker living in Toronto, on the land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenoshaunee and the Wendat peoples. Her expedition-based practice has brought her to residencies and projects across Canada, Scandinavia and Antarctica. Working primarily with lens-based media, she uses experimental analogue processes to capture the sublime and fragile qualities of remote landscapes.

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

DREAMING THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

FIRST FESTIVAL SCREENING

BY : ANNA HENRY

2022 | 14 MIN | VOSTA ET VOSTF
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE FILMMAKER : FRANCE
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA (CRITICAL MEDIA LAB, MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

The environmental crisis is often discussed in the media from a scientific and factual angle. However, other ways of telling and living this crisis are possible, as it impacts our way of thinking and feeling, but also of dreaming. The film proposes to immerse ourselves in the dreams of seven people and to question the role of these dreams in the collective imagination regarding the crisis.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR :

Anna Henry is a student in Anthropology and Environment at McGill University. She is particularly interested in the intersection between these two disciplines and the possibilities that visual anthropology can offer in these fields.

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

HORTICULTURAL TIME

FIRST FESTIVAL SCREENING

BY : KATRINA BURCH

2023 | 16 MIN | VOSTA AND VOSTF
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE FILMMAKER : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA (CRITICAL MEDIA LAB, MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

Created from 901 35mm photographs, Horticultural Time is a portrait of a mother with her infant which explores the politics of emotional life during the Covid-19 pandemic. It urges us to attend to ecologies of growth, presence, touch, and play, wherein creating worlds from the ongoingness of life with children becomes not only a gift, but a potential source for societal transformation.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR :

Katrina Burch (born 1987, Uxbridge, Ontario) is a Canadian anthropologist and artist who works in film, sound, and photography.

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

AN URBAN WILD

FIRST FESTIVAL SCREENING

BY : LEO STILLINGER

2022 | 10 MIN | VOSTF
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THE FILMMAKER : ÉTATS-UNIS
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA (CRITICAL MEDIA LAB, MCGILL UNIVERSITY)
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

The film is an ethnographic portrait of the “Champs des Possibles”, a former railway depot in Montreal and now an ecosystem of its own, protected by citizen action following threats of development. Putting the history and politics of the “Champs” into resonance with the sensory textures and materialities of the ecology itself, the film asks: what does urban wilderness really mean and feel like?

À PROPOS DU RÉALISATEUR :

Leo Stillinger studies Anthropology at McGill University, conducting research on long-distance walking as a therapeutic and political practice. This is his first film.

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

W8LINAKTEGW TA NIONA

BY : MYRIAM LANDRY, IN COLLABORATION WITH WAPIKONI MOBILE

2022 | 7 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF FILMMAKER : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

In this cinematographic work, Myriam Landry explores the importance of the W8linaktegw River (Bécancour River) to her family and her nation through her memories and the stories of her father. The film also bears witness to this river, which has been transformed over the generations.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Myriam Landry was born in Trois-Rivières and has been living in Tiohti:áke (Montreal) for 6 years. She is a member of the W8banaki (Abenaki) First Nation in the community of Wôlinak. Her professional life is dedicated to working on projects related to the valorization of Indigenous peoples. She has been practicing pottery as a hobby for almost 10 years. Through her film, Myriam seeks to highlight the Ndakinna, the ancestral territory of the W8banakiak (Abenaki) and the Abenaki language that she is slowly learning.

THÉÂTRE RIALTO – STARTING AT 6:30PM

DISCARD WHAT YOU HEARD

BY : GEORGE W. LENSER, IN COLLABORATION WITH WAPIKONI MOBILE

2017 | 5 MIN | VOSTA
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF FILMMAKER : CANADA
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION : CANADA
COUNTRY OF RECORDING : CANADA
SYNOPSIS :

Discard What You Heard is an Indigenous documentary film engaging in a reconnection with the land that profits Western societies’ colonial presence though asserting Indigenous sovereign rights and cultural pride.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

Born in British Columbia, George Lenser has become a successful culinary chef and is working to build his reputation across Canada, and perhaps one day around the world. While travelling in Montreal, he met the Wapikoni Mobile film crew and decided to share his story.

* SCREENING FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND MODERATED BY MEMBERS OF THE CML/L4E (TO BE CONFIRMED)
GUEST PANELISTS AND MODERATORS:

Some members of the Leadership for the Ecozoic (L4E) network and the Critical Media Lab (CML) of McGill University will be participating as guest panelists and moderators in a discussion following the screening.

Drawing on the work of cultural historian Thomas Berry, L4E defines “ecozoic” as a new vision of living on Earth that allows the whole community of beings living on it to flourish. L4E strives to advance this emerging vision through collaborative research, learning and experimentation.

The CML, Critical Media Lab, is part of the L4E network and offers hands-on workshops in video, film and sound for members of the McGill community who wish to integrate these approaches into their teaching practices and research. Three of their film productions presented during the festival’s closing night will be discussed.

URSA MTL – 9:30PM TO 00:00AM

CLOSING NIGHT 19TH EDITION FIFEQ-MTL

AFTER OUR OUTDOOR SCREENINGS ON THE ROOF OF THE RIALTO THEATRE, WE INVITE YOU FOR A LAST EVENING AT URSA FROM 9:30 P.M. TO THE LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “ONENESSA&FRIENDS”. SHE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY KWM, BASSIST AND MULTI-TALENTED SINGER AND MARIKA, VIOLINIST, SINGER. WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO CELEBRATE TOGETHER THE END OF THIS BEAUTIFUL EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL!
DOORS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT
DESCRIPTION OF THE ARTIST:

Based in Montreal, OneNessa aka Ikram Ouanassa was born in Batna, Algeria and moved to Montreal with her family in 2000. From an early age, she was introduced to hip-hop culture. Later, she is seduced, among other things, by the poetry and ferocity of Lauryn Hill as well as the sensitivity and sex appeal of Aaliyah, whom she counts among her multiple inspirations. In 2015, she presents her first experimental project, The Archer, recorded with Sonny Black, which she will present on stage without delay. She has collaborated with several artists, including the collective #RAPELLES, bringing together various female rappers from the local scene. Crowned Future star iHeartRadio in July 2022 at Rouge FM, the singer-songwriter unveils her first album in French in October 2022: EQUINOXES. A disc where we find a harmony of her many influences which are R&B, afro pop and hip-hop, as well as vibrant texts where she exposes herself frankly and reveals, under appearances of vulnerability, a quiet strength.