Indigenous Spotlight

From Palestine to New Zealand to Turtle Island, R2R’s Indigenous Spotlight celebrates tradition expressed in new and thoughtful ways. Dance and song, animation and documentation, even experimentation opens a window to these rich and sacred worlds.

Themes: language revitalization, traditional ways of life, poetry, family, spirit worlds
Length: 45 minutes

Recommended for grades 5-12
Note that the following films feature non-English dialogue with subtitles: Ethereal, Inuit Languages in the 21st Century, Kapaemahu

Depicting a rotoscoped rendition of a traditional dance sequence, known as "Sneak Up," the movements convey those of a warrior tracking enemies while maintaining the element of surprise.

From dawn to dusk on the West Bank, the Bedouin community of Sateh al-Bahar documents a day in the life of their own residents. A self-reflexive look at a community who is most often depicted by outsiders.

After spreading rumours about a local elder, there is an important and poetic lesson to be learned about respect and forgiveness.

Using dialogue, music, traditional animation, stop-motion, DIY photography, and 2D rotoscoping, Terrance and Neko share a unique look at their ‘daughter/father’ relationship, which in Blackfoot translates to “otanimm/onnimm.”

The Inuktitut language is threatened because younger generations tend to speak English. Can technology help Ulivia explore her mother tongue from another part of the world? Can she navigate the many unique dialects which vary from one generation to the next?

Filmmaker and activist Melaw Nakehk’o has spent the pandemic appreciating the natural world with her family at a remote campsite in the Northwest Territories. Using her observant camera, Melaw anchors herself in this specific time and place among Elders and young members of her family.

Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now called Waikiki Beach. The true story behind them was hidden–until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life, in vivid animation, as seen through the eyes of a curious child.


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