The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
is taking place for the 4th year in Ottawa, on unceded Algonquin Territory, from August 19-23, 2015. Asinabka Festival presents the best in Indigenous film, video, and media art, from Canada and around the world. In the evening on Thursday August 20th, Asinabka is pleased to be screening 3 outstanding film programs at the Mayfair Theatre. Filmmakers from both the Wapikoni Retrospective and the Embargo Project will be in Attendance. For more details about the Asinabka Festival visit: www.asinabkafestival.org
The Wapikoni Mobile 10 Year Retrospective is a selection of 15 short films produced by Wapikoni Mobile, a travelling studio that offers audiovisual workshops in Aboriginal communities in Canada and abroad. They have worked with more than 3,000 young participants from 9 nations and from 25 communities in Canada, who have directed more than 600 short films.
The Embargo Project is an anthology of five short films by Canadian Indigenous women. Participating in a collective process, each director created a film under restrictions imposed on them by their peers, to push each artist into new creative territory.
Black Panther Woman is a 52 minute documentary tells the story of Marlene Cummins, who in 1972 fell in love with the leader of the Australian Black Panther Party. Forty years later Marlene travels to a gathering of international Black Panthers in New York. The journey takes her back in time. Struggling with addiction, she reveals the secrets she has held onto, to face her demons today.
The Embargo Project:
Black Panther Woman: