With an unspoken connection to nature and her culture, Mia’ Salmon, wanders the alleyways of her city, decorating the walls with supernatural street art. Eventually her innate gift takes her on a journey that parallels the late Chief Simon Walkus Senior’s story, Xa’Pkvas Wisem Mia’x’it – the Boy Who Turned into a Salmon. By joining Mia’, we learn lessons about colonialism, ecology, and the environment.
Grades 4-6 2016
This whimsical tale is inspired by the director’s own memories. A boy’s imagination takes off while dissecting a frog in Biology class. Suddenly he finds himself with God-like powers and doesn’t know what to do with them. Should he play with life and death? Create monsters who fight his bullies? Or even better, make his crush Lily fall in love with him?
Elegant in its simplicity, I’m Human is the story of a Syrian refugee character’s psychological and physical journey. With a marvelous soundscape and unassuming use of camerawork, it effectively tackles themes of war, displacement, and coping with the aftermath of trauma.
Part comic and part film, this powerful story centres a young Cree girl named Kaley. After her parents’ death, Kaley moves from the reserve to live with her older sister in the city. As she struggles with this new life, a superhero called Thunderbird gives her the chance to see herself, and her sister, in a new stronger light.
Set in 1970s Saskatchewan, Assini, a young Indigenous girl, comes to terms with what it means to be an “Indian.” Beautifully shot and scored, Assini will leave audiences feeling nostalgic for long summer days, and acutely aware of the complex challenges faced by First Nations then and now.
“I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.” Handsome and Majestic follows the story of transgender teen, Milan, and his quest for acceptance in his rural community of Prince George. Milan shines as a hero and a role model to other transgender and gender nonconforming youth, as he stands up to those who bully him.