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Along the Rise curated by Darlene Naponse

1h 10m Short 2020

Darlene is a writer, film director and video artist, and is currently a programmer at imagineNATIVE Film Festival.


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Tekahionwake (Double Wampum) Directed by Shelley Niro

E. Pauline Johnson was born to a mother who was British and her father was a Mohawk Chief. Pauline was a trailblazer at the beginning of the 20th century. She was a poet and an activist for human rights for Indigenous People in North America. She travelled the world, mostly to England and the USA. She used her talents to broadcast the harsh treatment of Native People to the world.

Bonus Content

Awakenings – We Were Always Here – A Portrait in Red


Directed by Alexandra Lazarowich

Reflecting on the history and the geography of Todmorden Mills, this experimental short film by Alex Lazarowich explores the relocation of the Don Valley River and the impact of land extraction on the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Kanata.

Nuxluk Radio


Directed by Slts’lani Banchi Hanuse

A day in the life of Nuxalk Radio 91.1 FM (Bella Coola). A radio station built to help keep the Nuxalkmc language alive and broadcast the laws of the lands and waters.

Emicetoset: Many Bloodlines


Directed by Theola Ross

A queer, bi-racial couple on the path towards having a child through the fertility treatment process explores their differences in race, culture, class, gender roles and dynamics.



Directed by Charlene Moore

A short film about shedding away the colonial patterns to find truth within the ways of life of the natural self.

Audrey's Story


Directed by Michelle Derosier

The story of a young Indigenous woman who was found dead in northwest Ontario in 1972. At the time, the Ontario Provincial police deemed her death an accident, stating that she had fallen out of a car. For forty-seven years, Audrey’s family wondered about the circumstances of her death and about the rigour of the investigation.

Greed Story


Directed by Tom Mcleod & Darcie Bernhardt

An old Inuvialuit story about a man who, in his avarice, corrupts his own soul to the point where he is driven to cannibalism. The story tells of the misfortune that lays with over harvesting. As all traditional harvesters know: if you are not responsible, you can destroy your own ecosystem and be left with nothing.

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