The National Film Board of Canada recently announced a Labrador film tour in collaboration with the Labrador Creative Arts Festival. The NFB is bringing two Inuk filmmakers with their award-winning short films as well an NFB producer to six communities, including Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale and Nain, between November 20 to 25.
This collaboration with the LCAF is part of the NFB’s #Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) NFB Indigenous Cinema Tour, an initiative to bring Indigenous-helmed film from the NFB collection to the public.
The two filmmakers are Asinnajaq (aka Bella Weetaluktuk) and Echo Henoche.
Asinnajaq’s experimental short film, Three Thousand, recently won the Best Experimental Film Prize at the imagineNATIVE Indigenous Film Festival in Toronto. In Three Thousand, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges viewers into a sublime imaginary universe—12 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light. Asinnajaq lives in Montreal but her extended family lives in Inukjuak.
Echo Henoche’s animation, Shaman, brings to life the story of a ferocious polar bear turned to stone by an Inuk shaman. Hand-drawn and painted by Henoche in a style all her own, Shaman shares with the world her perspective on this Labrador Inuit legend. Granddaughter of acclaimed Inuk artist Gilbert Hay, Henoche grew up in Nain, surrounded by Inuit art, crafts and storytelling.
NFB producer Stephen Agluvak Puskas will be joining the tour to connect with local emerging filmmakers, with the aim to create more films with Labradorians in the future. He also will have a selection of new NFB films on a hard drive to showcase to the public after the short films.
The tour kicked off yesterday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay as part of the Labrador Creative Arts Festival. There are screenings available along the coast, at the locations below:
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Afternoon workshops at Northern Lights Academy
7 p.m. Community screening at Rigolet Community Hall
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Afternoon workshops at JCEM/JCE Memorial
7 p.m. Community screening at Makkovik Community Hall
Thursday, Nov. 23
7 p.m. Community screening at Postville Inuit Community Government
Friday, Nov. 24
Afternoon workshops at Amos Comenius Memorial School
7 p.m. Community screening at City Hall
Saturday, Nov.r 25
Afternoon workshops at Nain Primary School multipurpose room
7 p.m. Community screening at Nain Primary School multipurpose room