Asinabka Festival Film Line-Up

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs in Rhymes for Young Ghouls
The programme of films for the annual edition of the Asinabka Festival was recently released. The Ottawa film and media festival looks to be expanding impressively as it grows in its third year. Asinabka celebrates Indigenous film and media in the Algonquin territory by programming films by local, national, and international Indigenous film and media artists. The festival opens on Wednesday, July 23 with an outdoor screening of Rhymes for Young Ghouls (review here, and Top Ten pick here) with filmmaker Jeff Barnaby in attendance. This is a great chance to engage with a film that marks one of the landmark First Nations films in Canada. The pay-what-you-can screening happens at Victoria Park, which served as a the base camp for Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during the heat of the Idle No More movement, and will be preceded by an assembly organized by the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa.

The festival closes with the Canadian premiere of the drama Drunktown’s Finest, which opened to strong reviews at Sundance earlier this year. The complete programme includes a range of shorts, docs, dramas, and features. Films at Asinabka include programmes devoted exclusive to Canadian programming while others favour the international. The complete package aims to situate these films and stories within a global perspective, though, to reflect cultures, and to both entertain and engage audiences with First Nations stories.

Please visit http://www.asinabkafestival.org/Film.html for the complete film line-up.