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Saturday, 4-5:30pm
First Eyes
at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Front Street (next to the SS Keno)

If you missed them in our regular screenings, catch a selection of some great films by First Nation filmmakers from around the world.


Werner Walcher, Canada, 2008, documentary, 4m
A portrait of Aidan, from Old Crow. Part of CBC’s Kids Across Canada series.

Yolgnu Guya Djamamirr

Frank Djirrimbilpilwuy, Australia, 2008, 6m
Since uploading the Chooky Dancers performance of ‘Zorba the Greek — Yolgnu style’ to YouTube, it has become an overnight sensation. This is the story behind the dance.

Sikumi (On the Ice)

Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, Alaska, 2008, drama, 10m
An Inuit hunter drives his dog team out on the frozen Arctic Ocean in search of seals, but instead becomes a witness to murder. In the microscopic communities of Arctic Alaska there is no anonymity —the hunter knows both the victim and the murderer.

Craw Kraw Craw

Stanley Grafton Njootli, Old Crow, 2008, animation, 1m
Teaching my son Gwich’in language.

4 Wheel War Pony

Dustinn Craig, USA, 2008, documentary, 8m
Young Apache skateboarders grind and grab their way through dreams too large to speak of and a history that never stops moving.

Dinji Shik Trat Tat Gwich’ii
(Man Who Always Lives in the Bush)

Mary Jane Moses, Old Crow, 2008, documentary, 5m
A tribute to the filmmaker’s husband, a man who still continues his traditions each year, spring to fall, spending his time on the land,
close to nature, sharing his traditional knowledge and skills with
anyone who wants to learn the Gwich’in way of life.


Darryl Nepinak, Manitoba, 2007, comedy, 2m
A spelling bee of historic proportions.


Terry Haines, BC, 2008, experimental, 7m
A meditative search for balance between ancient and modern worlds with reference to man’s role as warrior.


Dena Curtis, Australia, 2007, comedy, 5m
Mary and Ethel, two elderly pensioners, resort to a most unusual occupation, much to the horror of Ethel’s daughter.

Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg

Daryll Nepanik, Manitoba, 2008, musical, 3m
Two ersatz “Indian warriors” chase a beautiful Indian maiden through the streets of Winnipeg. But she loves Chief Big Bear. Who is the hunter, and who the hunted in this tableaux? Based on the 1964 German song, “Zwei Indianer Aus Winnipeg,” our heroes are in for a surprise when they reach the ancient lake of Schwinestieger.


Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2007, documentary, 5m
For one happy little girl, there’s no one more special than her Nana.

My Own Private Lower Post

Duane Gastant’ Aucoin, Yukon, 2008, documentary, 32m
The story of Duane Gastant’ Aucoin, a two-spirited Tlingit, as he seeks to understand how his mother Vicky Bob’s trials at the Lower Post Indian Residential School have influenced his life. As she shares her story, he comes to understand how he too is a survivor. Haa Koosteeyi (Our Tlingit Way) is where mother and son find the strength to overcome and truly survive.
DIRECTOR DUANE GASTHANT’ AUCOIN will be in attendance and host a Q&A following the screening.

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