Towards Truth Film Screenings

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June 6, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - June 28, 2023 @ 12:00 am

In the continuing journey TOWARDS TRUTH the Rotary Club of Guelph and the Bookshelf honour Indigenous month with 4 Indigenous films. Do not miss this opportunity to explore the Indigenous culture and unique challenges they face. Reconciliation comes after the Truth is learned.

Twice Colonized – June 6,7, 7:00pm
Tickets available HERE through the Bookshelf

Aaju Peter is a force of nature. Upon the sudden and tragic death of her son, this fierce protector of her ancestral lands and renowned Greenlandic Inuk lawyer and activist embarks on a journey to bring her colonizing countries, Canada and Denmark, to justice, and to reclaim her language and culture. In her efforts to establish an Indigenous forum at the European Union, she must first confront the wounds inflicted upon her by colonization and navigate through existing white dominance. Finding strength within her own vulnerabilities, Aaju rises from the devastation of colonialism to unite Indigenous activists in the North in her fight for future generations. While director Lin Alluna approaches the story with a deeply sensitive lens, Aaju maintains powerful agency over her own story. In a film that unites Greenland, Denmark and Canada as production countries, Twice Colonized becomes a powerful catalyst for future conversations around colonization and filmmaking." РHeather Haynes, HotDocs 2023.
Falls Around Her – June 14,15, 7:00pm
Tickets available HERE through the Bookshelf
Falls Around Her is a 2018 Canadian drama film, written, produced, and directed by Darlene Naponse. [1]  The film stars  Tantoo Cardinal  as Mary Birchbark, an internationally famous First Nations musician who returns to her home community to recharge and reevaluate her life, only to find that her fame is not so easily left behind. [1] The cast also includes Tina Keeper, Gail Maurice, Johnny Issaluk and J.D. Nicholsen. [1]  The film was shot on the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation reserve near Sudbury, Ontario.
Bones of Crows – June 16-21, times TBA
Tickets available HERE through the Bookshelf
Bones of Crows¬†is a multi-generational epic and story of resilience told through the eyes of Cree Matriarch Aline Spears (played throughout her life by Summer Testawich; Grace Dove, Monkey Beach; and Carla Rae, Rutherford Falls). Removed from their family home and forced into Canada‚Äôs residential school system, young musical prodigy Aline and her siblings are plunged into a struggle for survival. Over the next hundred years, Aline and her descendants fight against systemic starvation, racism and sexual abuse‚ÄĒand to build a more just future. In the face of a rapidly shifting and hostile world, Aline's remarkable journey moves through memories of residential school, perilous adventures across snowy traplines and classified London bureaus, where
she works as a code talker in the Second World War. Supported by her daughter Taylor, a determined lawyer, and granddaughter Percy, the family’s creative force, Aline must find the strength to step into her role as family Matriarch and confront the scars of the past. A sweeping drama grounded in historical truth, Bones of Crows weaves together underrepresented moments in Canadian and Indigenous history, including the Indigenous contributions to WW2, the
ongoing cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Aline’s story enriches our understanding of the past and empowers us to address our collective future.
***All above screenings will be regular Bookshelf Cinema admission prices***
Our People will be Healed – June 28, 7:00pm
Pay as you can and theatre seats are on a first come, first served basis.
Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride.

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