Films

On screen at CASCA

Check out some of the film projects by participants of CASCA22!

À l’écran à la CASCA

Découvrez quelques-uns des projets de films des participants de CASCA22 !

Holding Tightly

Holding Tightly: Custom and Healing in Timor-Leste (30 mins, 2021, Wai Mata Films, Language: Tetum). Production Credits: Camera, audio and directors — Lisa Palmer and Susanna Barnes / Cultural consultants — Fransisco Almeida and Celestinu Freitas / Research contributors — Celestinu Freitas, Fransisco Almeida, Egas da Silva, Jose da Costa, Mariano Dionesio, Luis da Cunha Rego, Herculano Seixas dos Santos and Ritsuko Kakuma / Production Assistants — Quintiliano Mok and Kiku Moniz / Translation — Lisa Palmer / Creative producer — Seth Keen / Editors — Cormac Mills Ritchard and Susanna Barnes / Sound mix — Amy Hanley https://arkivukulturaekolojia.com

Voices of Kula

Voices of Kula (1 hour 26 minutes, 2021, Language: English). Voices of Kula is a feature-length ethnographic film that tells a story of empowerment, of local responses to cultural and economic changes and of the strive to revitalize cultural heritage. A group of elders from Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea and a cooperating anthropologist set out on an intriguing journey around an island network in the South Pacific to strengthen kula, a traditional system of exchanging shell-valuables around a ‘ring’ of approximately 40 islands. Fearing the destructive impacts of cash-economy on kula practice, the team takes action to fight misconduct and the corruption of the system. Voices of Kula takes the viewer on a journey into an intriguing inter-island network of exchange-relationships – with some stunning encounters along the way. https://filmfreeway.com/VoicesofKula Watch online at: https://www.uregina.ca/arts/research/research-news/kula.html

Ahomapénî: Relations and Rez Dogs

Ahomapénî: Relations and Rez Dogs (54 mins, 2018, Language: English, Nakoda AV Club, discussed by Ethan Twoyougmen and Amanda Foote). A group of Indigenous youth go on a journey to discover the complex reasons why their dogs go missing. This “Dogumentary” explores relationships between people and dogs, and how culturally-bound expectations have affected people and pets on the Morley reserve. Ahomapénî is acknowledging a being’s right to exist in its own way, asking for the right to “be” – similar to the english concept of “respect” and the question “do you respect me?” The Nakoda AV Club is a collective of Indigenous youth filmmakers and story tellers. In this film they explore the questions “What do dogs need to be healthy and happy?” Different answers to this seemingly straightforward question illuminate the ways people think about human-animal relationships on reserves and in settler dominated spaces. This documentary dispels myths, and delves into areas where stereotypes and assumptions contribute to challenges for both people and animals living on reserve. This “dogumentary” stems from an interest in exploring the space between the roles for dogs in urban and reserve society, and drawing attention to the meaningful relationships people have with dogs in both. Members of the community at Morley reserve also expressed concern that urban people may have misunderstandings about the connection that the Stoney people have to their animals, in a modern as well as historical sense.

To watch the full film, please go to Vimeo.

Music, Sound, Noise

Music, Sound, Noise (16 mins, 2021, Language: English). Production Credits: Direction, editing, music – Jared Epp / Writing-David Ross / Camera – Jared Epp, Isaac Giles / Acting – David Ross, Isaac Giles, Jared Epp, Rose Epp, Hazel Epp, Hannah Ehman / List of sound bites in film credits. A cautionary tale on the endless entangling of information sharing, social media, meaning and daily life. This ethno-fiction film was made in Parkdale, Toronto in the summer of 2020, when there were very few covid restrictions, as numbers in Toronto were low at that time. This film is part of Jared Epp’s PhD research in social anthropology, that studies the relationship between place and imagination. He is presenting a paper at the conference in relation to this film.