Thompson library screening six short films as part of nationwide Indigenous archiving campaign

On May 14 the Thompson Public Library will host a free screening of half-a-dozen short documentary films that aim to bring a personal lens to Indigenous and other visible minority communities throughout Canada.

While each movie’s content and themes vary, they are all connected by a reliance on old archival footage to help tell their respective stories.

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Cree filmmaker Jennifer Dysart will be on hand to personally showcase her new short “Caribou in the Archive,” which features rough VHS footage of a woman hunting caribou in 1990s Northern Manitoba.

From January to June, these six films are being screened in 11 Canadian cities as part of the Home Made Visible project, a campaign that aims to digitize as much home video footage from Indigenous people and visible minorities as possible.

To hammer this point home in Thompson, Dysart will also be running a workshop on May 14 where she will show each participant how to honour the memory of an object of significance. 

While the screening starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dysart’s workshop will take place earlier in the day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The workshop is limited to eight spots, and all interested parties are asked to register in advance by visiting the “Tour” section of the Home Made Visible website.

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