Self-love, sexuality and an infusion of sass are reoccurring themes in the second half of IndigiFemme. Director Jessie Short sets a first kiss on a sweet grass covered hill in Sweet Night. Preeminent artmakers Dana Claxton and Kent Monkman probe dance and cultural appropriation in their experimental shorts. Jaene Castrillon’s video poem is a promise to love herself as a mixed race Indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese queer woman living with dis- abilities. Festival favourite Thirza Cuthand brings us another off beat romantic Two-Spirit comedy.
Live performance includes the breathtaking burlesque of Shane Sable (Gitxsan) and Ruth Ordare (from the Mohawk Nation), members of the all-Indigenous troupe Virago Nation who focus on rematriating indigenous sexuality and song- stress Edzi’u (Tahltan-Tlingit) will mesmerize with her sultry harmonic vocal loops.
Sweet Night | Jessie Short | Canada | 2017 | 6 min
Two Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com | Thirza Cuthand | Canada | 2017 | 5 min
Her Sugar Is | Dana Claxton | Canada | 2009 | 3 min
Celebration of Darkness | Jaene Castrillon | Canada | 2015 | 7 min
Dance to Miss Chief | Kent Monkman | Canada | 2010 | 5 min
Spotlight Sponsor: Vancity
Screening Sponsors: Downtown Vancouver BIA, OPUS Hotel Vancouver