2nd Annual RISE Reconciliation Film Festival

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Metro Cinema

8712 109 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9

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Join us for the 2nd Annual RISE Reconciliation Film Festival, May 28 - June 1, 2019 at Metro Cinema in the Garneau Theatre.

In honour of Reconciliation Week in Edmonton, RISE is again working with Metro Cinema to feature five days of film screenings, discussions, and programming covering themes related to reconciliation with free tea and bannock. This year's festival is filled with local content, anniversary screenings, and a Canadian premiere! Scroll down for a full schedule for this year's festival.

All screenings will be free and open to the public but space will be limited. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event and seating is available on a first come basis until capacity is reached. To guarantee your seat, make a donation of $50.00 to receive a festival pass and skip the line at the door!

Thank You to our sponsors, partners, and supporters, including our presenting sponsor the Edmonton Heritage Council, Metro Cinema, Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation, and the National Film Board. We also gratefully acknowledge the many Elders, panelists, hosts, performers, film makers, and special guests, and of course our many and talented volunteers for making the festival possible.


2019 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30-9:00 PM: Opening Night Celebration
The festival opens with a screening of the 2017 documentary feature When They Awake on the theme of Indigenous music and self-discovery. Following the screening will be a Q&A with Edmontonians featured in the film.

Wednesday, May 29th, 7:00-11:00 PM: Exploring Treaty and Land Relationships
The topic of land and treaty rights highlights Day 2 of the festival, with a community screening of Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life, produced by Patricia Makokis based in Edmonton. A discussion with local participants will follow. At 9pm, we continue the focus on land rights with a screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s powerful 1993 documentary Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. This is a topical film considering the debate in recent months about pipelines and First Nations land rights in BC.

Thursday, May 30th, 7:00-11:00 PM: The Films of Michelle St. John - Truth, Reconciliation & Colonization
Thursday night is both a retrospective and a look forward at truth, reconciliation and colonization. We mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the 1989 film Where The Spirit Lives, one of the first mainstream Canadian dramas to show the Residential School experience. Following the first screening, we will discuss the evening’s films with Where the Spirit Lives featured Actor and Colonization Road Director, Michelle St. John, in attendance. Following the discussion, we will explore colonization in Canada and its lasting physical and social impacts, through the 2016 documentary feature Colonization Road.

Friday, May 31st, 6:30-11:00 PM: Constructions of Culture and Identity
The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation partners with RISE for a back to back screening of two topical NFB shorts, A Tribe of One (2003) and Between: Living in the Hyphen (2005). This will be followed by a discussion with Elders from both the Indigenous and Chinese communities to discuss the topic of identity. Following at 9pm, the theme of culture and identity continues with the 2016 documentary feature, The Birth of a Family. After the screening, cast members from the film will join us for a brief Q&A.

Saturday, June 1st, 1:00-5:00 PM: Child Welfare and Community Healing
Join filmmakers Drew Nicholas and Megan Whitmer with special guest Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) for the Canadian Premiere of their new documentary feature, Blood Memory - a film about Native American child welfare and healing historical trauma. Nine years in the making, this film highlights efforts leading to Congressional approval of the Indian Child Welfare Act (1978) and the U.S. Supreme Court case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (2013). Featuring first-hand accounts from adopted/fostered relatives, boarding school survivors, and those working for families and children, this documentary from the American side of Turtle Island provides perspective on how the impact of childhood removal transcends modern boundaries.

Note: All programming is subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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8712 109 Street Northwest

Edmonton, AB T6G 1E9

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