Here are some photos from today’s screening at the Ottawa Indie Fest : Canadian Documentary Shorts screening at the 26th annual One World Film Festival at the National Gallery.
“This film for me has a lot of meaning. My first thought about it is how does one come to terms with their past. If Sayachapis was able to heal himself from his suffering, if he found the strength to get help and heal himself, anybody can do it”, filmmaker Mar Y Sol tells Ottawa Indie Fest when we spoke to her about her award winning documentary film Sayachapis which screens at the One World Film Festival on Saturday September 26, 2015.
Named “52” for ten years, Sayachapis now lives alone on Indian Island, a small island off grid off the coast of Vancouver Island. A residential school survivor, he remembers vividly the hard labor, starvation, rape, broken bones and unimaginable horrors from the years gone by. “I am still alive, I am still ok.”
Update: Ma Y Sol’s Sayachapis was awarded Best Documentary Short at the 26th annual One World Film Festival in Ottawa on September 26, 2015. Photos
“Yes making this film was a challenge, but I think to a much lesser extent then the challenge that the five indigenous artists faced in designing a heritage marker. I really did want to do justice to their story though, and to show how much hard work and struggle the artists put into creating the commemorative marker”, replies filmmaker Howard Adler when we asked him about his documentary An Object that has Spirit which has its World Premiere at the One World Film Festival on Saturday September 26, 2015.
An Object that has Spirit tells the story of five indigenous artists who came together from across Canada to create a heritage marker to honour Indian Residential School Survivors and entrust their experiences to public memory. Faced with an enormous task, the artists rise to the challenge, transforming what was originally conceived of as a heritage plaque into an object imbued with spirit.
How did you get involved in the making of this film?
I was basically approached by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), on the recommendations of an advisory committee, which was actually composed of some seriously talented and well known Indigenous Artists. I believe their role was to also make recommendations for artists that could be chosen to create the Commemorative Marker, and I was very honoured that they recommended me for this project.
My job was to document the Commemorative Marker Workshop, a week long gathering in which 5 artists had to conceive and design an object that would commemorate the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and to create a short film about the creative process.
“I think there is something really powerful about caring about something so much that you would do anything to keep it alive. Meeting the members of Chajil Ch’upup, it really makes you wonder about your own life. Is there something you would get up every morning at the crack of dawn to fight for?”, filmmaker Jennifer Robbins tells Ottawa Indie Fest during a recent interview about her documentary Chajil Ch’upup which screens at the One World Film Festival on Saturday September 26. 2015.
The film Chajil Ch’upup (Guardians of the Tule) explores the world of Juan, an Tz’utujil Mayan whose family has fished Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) for generations. His generation especially, however, has been subject to major trials created by nature, and also by man. The members of the local fishing cooperative – Chajil Ch’upup – have banded together to work towards a solution and a better life.
How did you get involved in the making of your film?
I was finishing my final year of Humber College where I was studying Film and Television Production and one of my teachers introduced an opportunity to complete the internship by traveling abroad to work on a documentary project. I remember being so excited and running home to research Actuality Media and Guatemala. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of the project, I applied to be director and a few weeks later after an interview process, I got in.
As part of its commitment to cooperate and collaborate with other arts organizations Ottawa Indie Fest has entered into a partnership agreement with One World Arts regarding a “Call for Short Canadian Documentaries” for its 2015 edition of the One World Film Festival.
Launched in 1989, the One World Film Festival has become Ottawa’s longest running annual documentary film festival focused on social justice, human rights and environmental issues. Featuring documentary film screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A’s with filmmakers, the festival brings together artists, activists, local organizations and members of the public interested in the issues impacting our communities and our world.
Currently Ottawa Indie Fest is seeking submissions for short Canadian documentaries for One World Film Festival’s 2015 program via FilmFreeway. Click on the link below for more detailed information and to submit your short films. More »
Filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen’s interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program.