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“我们一直在这里”

—— 原住民、黑人和有色少数族裔电影人挖掘和讲述的多伦多历史(带视频)
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Acknowledgment

 

Toronto is built on land that has been inhabited by several Indigenous nations since time immemorial. Their histories, cultures and languages were instrumental in the founding of the city, so why does this history continue to be forgotten? From exploring the Indigenous origins of the city’s name, to the murder of a Mississauga chief that nearly caused all-out war, “Acknowledgment” sheds light on how Indigenous people’s lives and histories have shaped Toronto’s origins and asks the question; in this era of reconciliation, how do we acknowledge our collective history? Acknowledgment is filmed at Fort York.

 

Jonathan Elliott Opens in new window is a Mohawk filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve. He has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of projects including: “Wild Archaeology”, “Voices From Here”, “Tsi Teyoto:te” (Even in the Silence), “Along the Water’s Edge” and “Her Water Drum”. Jonathan’s award-winning body of work focuses on telling contemporary Indigenous stories that explore individuals’ complex relationships to their cultural identity, families and communities.

 

 

“A Revolution of Love” is a digital short film that follows a young Black woman as she grapples with the histories of her ancestors and the present-day violence ravaging her community, and begins to imagine what her future looks like through dance. Conceived by an internationally recognized Black creative team and featuring the words of Assata Shakur, this piece spotlights 15 women of varying shades as they come together to re-frame revolution in the name of love. Filmed at Toronto’s Fort York National Historic Site.

circa

 

Using Spadina Museum as its visual and contextual backdrop, “circa” is a piece that reclaims the agency of Black identities and bodies in Toronto’s history. Now an empty space, what was once Spadina Museum offers a socially-loaded canvas to question the grey area between imagined and erased. The superimposition of imagined bodies rewrites their erased stories, they blend through the house’s shadows before regaining their individual identities when their faces meet the light. “circa” encourages a dialogue between present and past: as the filmmaker repaints the ghosts of the Austin’s family, the othered show us their eyes.

 

Sonya Mwambu Opens in new window is an experimental filmmaker and editor based in Toronto. She graduated from York University’s film production program where she developed her craft in shooting and experimenting with film to explore concepts of race, language and a connection to her own cultural identity. Although she was born in Kampala, she grew up in Canada and her films are centred on the intersections of her identities.

Mimie & the Garden

 

“Mimie & the Garden” addresses the complexities of women’s health and the role that nature plays as a source of healing and solace. Follow the spirit of Jemima ‘Mimie’ Frances Howard, one of Canada’s first known breast cancer patients, between her resting place at Colborne Lodge and her retreat into the surrounding High Park. Heavily medicated on mind-altering doses of painkillers, embark on this journey with Jemima through pain, hallucination and ultimately tranquility as she descends on her beloved Garden.

 

Sara Elgamal Opens in new window is an international filmmaker who has produced work in Canada, Cuba, Dubai, Morocco, Japan, the UK and more. Using compelling and high-quality visuals to tell meaningful global stories (documentary, branded content, music videos and short films), she aims to shift the perceptions of global regions and people by cinematically illuminating the quiet, unseen beauty that is often overlooked.

Reverence

 

While digging deep into the city’s past, this film challenges what findings are held in reverence. For three days in September 1851, St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto was the site of the largest anti-slavery convention in history. On the heels of slavery being abolished in the states and 20 years after its end in Canada, Black leaders and educators joined to discuss one question: “What is the future of Black People in North America?”

This experimental documentary takes the viewer on a journey through the historic St. Lawrence Hall. Its hallways are lined with the portraits of the past Mayors of Toronto and people who entertained in this space – all white men. In the four-story space, faint clues of Black excellence and Black history fail to tell the full and important story of the conference that took place here almost 170 years ago.

As the story unfolds, archival newspaper clippings are juxtaposed with footage from this year’s protests. They have you questioning—what’s changed? Toward the end of the film, Black bodies and Black art appear and begin to express themselves in the Hall. With even just a look, they carry on the story of Mary Ann Shadd, Henry Bibb, Rev. Martin Delaney, Frederick Douglass and countless others who fought for the advancement and equal treatment of marginalized communities today. “Reverence” was researched at Market Gallery and filmed at St. Lawrence Hall Opens in new window.

 

Teaunna Gray Opens in new window is an Afro-Indigenous director and film photographer based in Toronto. In her process, the camera is used as a tool to document themes and subjects often underrepresented and overlooked in today’s society. The inclusion of womxn, people of colour and the Deaf community impact the work she creates and collaborators she chooses to work with. Through visual storytelling, her work will continue to uncover unique narratives with a focus on

 

A Portrait in Red

 

Reflecting on the history and the geography of Todmorden Mills, this experimental short film by Alex Lazarowich explores the relocation of the Don Valley River and the impact of land extraction on the Indigenous peoples of Tkaronto and Kanata.

 

Alexandra Lazarowich Opens in new window is an award-winning Cree producer and director originally from northern Alberta. Her documentary “Fast Horse” premiered and won the Special Jury Award for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She is a co-founder of COUSIN COLLECTIVE, an experimental film collective supporting indigenous artists from around the world.

 

 

Awakenings Reflections: Behind the Scenes Discussions

 

Cree director and producer Alexandra Lazarowich shares her inspiration from the famous painting “Ophelia” by John Everett Millais and how she used it as a starting point to talk about missing and murdered Indigenous women and the impact of environmental disasters affecting natural resources for Indigenous people across Canada.

 

Awakenings Reflections: Behind the Scenes Discussions

Behind The Curtain

 

by Roger Mooking

 

How It Started

 

I’ve been in the Entertainment industry and in public view for 30 years. My public journey began shortly after high school with national exposure as a Recording Artist from Edmonton, Alberta. Over the years, I’ve had a media presence both nationally and globally, before the internet made this a reality for anyone with access to Wi-Fi and a device. Maneuvering the media landscape through the making of art, food, music, television, advertising, marketing and publishing has exposed me to a myriad of circumstances and situations; some of which I cherish and others I wish I could forget entirely.

The Creation

 

For the most part, what you, the observer, see is the spit-polished parts that are glossy, perfectly lit, meticulously edited, and presented in the most user-friendly, digestible bites. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to share these morsels as they are a testament to the simple beauty of human aspiration. The creation of any “thing” is the culmination of a shocking number of equally motivated and inspired humans working collectively, with all their own baggage and greatness in tow. We toil, trudge, and trample through our own challenges to make the “thing” as a team and then all return to our respective worlds to repeat this again and often with new teams and with new challenging inspirations to make the next sensory dish. What is unique is that I am often the pinpoint through which all of these cumulative efforts are presented, in that it is my face, voice, body and intent that carries whatever message is being served; I chose this and I’m ok with that. But…life is not spit-polished for us, we have to do that to it, and it comes with a price.

 

The Vehicle

 

A luxury car survives a muddy journey intact and then with great effort is detailed, to return it to showroom worthiness, because we humans like to see beautiful things. We are enamoured by beauty and that is fine. The vehicle will still carry us whether it is clean or dirty and we will be fine. You’ve seen my shiny vehicles over and over, and if you’ve cared to pay attention to them, thank you. In reality, the journey is much more complicated, significantly messier, and sometimes my carriage rolls over many times before righting itself; and in those moments it’s not so shiny and it is difficult – this is called life.

 

The Curtain

 

Humans carry an incredible number of burdens with them, we all do in some form. Not everyone faces those burdens publicly, and that is perhaps wisest, but that is simply not my lot in life. In an interesting turn of fate, we have all had to peel back our curtains in recent times. With COVID-19 we have allowed people into our lives in previously unimagined ways and they now see how many crooked pictures hang on our walls, how wild our children are, how small or large our living arrangements really are, and that pile of laundry that our dog loves to sit on fresh out the dryer. At first, we were sort of mortified by these truths, but as the drudgery saw no end, we embraced it and let it all fly because well…we were all collectively in the same muddy, bumpy vehicle. Simultaneously, we have been living through the rebirth of authoritarian politics globally, international economic tumult, and a racial reckoning; all of which we had spit-polished for a very long time. Times up.

 

The Truth

 

In reality, we are all just humans on a ball, the same ball. We have created a landscape where we subdivide humanity for the simple convenience of organizing all these bodies in a way that creates an acceptable order and allows us to function reasonably. The universe is ordered but also chaotic and it’s time we invite some of that chaos into our lives. With chaos comes uncertainty and again…that is life, muddy and rolling over unto itself.

I have made a valiant effort to present a shiny vehicle for you all these years but in reality, and like you, I am bruised, scarred, tormented and traumatized by so many things. This is not to say that I am also not overjoyed, blessed, in love, and enjoy a fantastic array of magic regularly, but it is not always shiny, and publicly, shiny has mostly been what you have seen. So, it’s time to unravel truths and show some of the realities of what is normally edited out, the stories and challenges, the potholes and the mountains.

 

Our Stories

 

As I said I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta via Trinidad before moving to Toronto, Ontario. There were not a lot of people who looked like me or were nearby to support someone who looked like my family did in my early years; that manifested and continues to manifest lingering and ongoing trauma. These situations perpetuated through adolescence, young adulthood and still do in full-blown, grown-ass man status. Some of you, to your surprise, have recently been shocked to finally observe, through social media and video capture, some of the horrors we face. I am never surprised. Never. In fact, they are what we have come to know as triggers, and they are from direct as well as observed personal experience. Fortunately, I am here to tell some of these stories, but many individuals are not. My life is public, and I will be sharing these stories and having conversations with others, through a variety of outlets in the coming months and years.

 

Awakening: Together

 

Like you, I am hoping for a better future for the next generation and contributing some knowledge, experiences, and tools to make our ball that we all stand on a little bit brighter and fairer for us all. We are all connected whether we choose to accept that or not, so let’s connect in love and spread it. I will continue to share the pretty polished thing with you, but you will also be witness to the not so pretty things. I’m fine with that, hopefully, you will be as well as I take you “Behind The Curtain.”

 

Artists

 

Roger Mooking

 

Roger Mooking Opens in new window is a Trinidadian-born, Canadian-raised chef, restaurateur, TV Host, author and award-winning recording artist. Roger‘s multi-faceted career is inspired by his culturally rich family background and his love of people, art and travel. As a Food Network and Cooking Channel Host for over a dozen years, Roger brings his charismatic energy to such international hits as “Man Fire Food”, “Man’s Greatest Food”, “Everyday Exotic”, “Heat Seekers” and as a judge on “Chopped and Chopped Canada”.

 

Shad

 

Shad Opens in new window is a Canadian Juno Award-winning rapper with five solo albums under his belt, one retro pop-rock side project, a Master’s degree and numerous accolades. In addition to his achievements in music, Shad has elevated his practice by emerging as a vital broadcaster. After hosting CBC Radio’s Q, he went on to host the Hip-Hop Evolution docuseries, whose 2016 season on HBO Canada earned both a Peabody Award and an International Emmy Award.

 

Byron Kent Wong

 

Byron Kent Wong is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, creative director and story teller. He founded ZERO11ZERO Opens in new window on the belief that artistic meaning is defined by the process and journey, not just the destination. He has worked on projects with HBO, David Bowie, Barack Obama, The Seattle Art Museum, Nike and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As an Emmy-nominated creator, he leads new developments and processes for education, globally-renowned film, broadcast, music and digital event spaces.

 

(Source: City of Toronto )

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