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ImagineNATIVE: Moving beyond the Hollywood Indian

ImagineNATIVE is the world's largest Indigenous film and media arts festival. It has grown along with the Indigenous cinema scene over the past 17 years. This annual film festival showcases Indigenous storytellers on the silver screen.
Angry Inuk screened at the ImagineNATIVE festival's opening night gala. (Angry Inuk film)
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The ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world's largest Indigenous film festival and has grown along with Indigenous cinema over the past 17 years. 
An image from Honour Water. (honourwater.com)


Unreserved's new culture columnist, Jesse Wente, weighs in on the impact of its evolution. 

Elizabeth LaPensée is an Anishinabe/Metis, Irish designer and writer who is well known in gaming circles. Her new game teaches the Anishinabe language and about the importance of water to Indigenous people. In Honour Water, LaPensée focuses her story lens on language and song.  
Inuit filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. (Alethea Arnaquq-Baril)


Zachary Johnston is a writer and filmmaker currently based in Berlin. He grew up in the Seattle area to a Skokomish and Yakama father and Canadian mother. But he's back in Toronto for ImagineNATIVE this year where he's doing an Indigitalk — kind of like a TED talk — all about the life and work of musician and filmmaker Willie Dunn. 
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs. (Thosh Collins)


Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
is the director and producer behind the film, Angry Inuk. The film is an examination of how a new generation of Inuit are challenging anti-sealing groups and turning the stereotype of what people think the Inuit are on its head. 

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs
is one of the breakout stars at this year's festival. She has three films in the festival, two as an actress and one as a director. Jacobs is from the Mohawk reserve Kahnawake, Que. She'll explain why she initially pulled away from acting, only to be drawn back in. 
This week's Playlist
Willie Dunn (CBC)

Gord Downie - Seven Matches
Wolf Saga - All In
Willie Dunn - I Pity the Country