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Coming this summer to TIFF on June 21, 2012 is a celebration of First Peoples films. Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition is a film retrospective that will explore the history of indigenous films from around the world. The schedule includes 28 features and over 30 shorts from Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and the Philippines. Home on Native Land, a free major gallery exhibition of new media work by First Peoples artists, will open in conjunction with the film series and includes exciting new work from such notable artists as Kent Monkman.
The June 21 opening will include a world premier of Tanya Tagaq‘s new throat singing composition to accompany a screening of one of the most famous films ever made about indigenous people, Robert Flaherty’s documentary, Nanook of the North.
On June 25, there will also be a guest appearance from Graham Greene (In Conversation with…Graham Greene), Academy Award-nominated actor from Dances with Wolves. Other special guests throughout the retrospective include Warwick Thornton, Chris Eyre, Tusi Tamasese, Shane Belcourt, Michelle St John and many more.
For the first time, Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn’s award-wining Fast Runner Trilogy will be screened together. The trilogy is made up of Atanarjuat, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Before Tomorrow.
First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition will launch on June 21, 2012 and screenings run until August 11, 2012. Tickets for the film programmes go on sale May 15 for members and May 23 for non-members. Admission is free for the exhibition Home on Native Land, which runs until August 19, 2012.
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