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.
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.