This next month, we’re highlighting three remarkable indigenous stories on the big screen at VIFF Vancity Theatre:
Casting a much needed spotlight on the untold histories of BC First Nations, Marie Clements’ non-fiction musical is a revelatory work that demands to be seen. Exploring the rise of indigenous activism from the early days of the C20th through the Native Brotherhood and its Vancouver newspaper, the Native Voice, Clements has created a multi-layered rock/blues passion project that will be a wake up call to many. “Brave… unflinching… engaging.” Monte Cristo
All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈) tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.
This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.