Indigenous Film Festival to promote understanding, growth

Celebrate Indigenous film, culture and food at Forrester this weekend.

The Kiwanis Forest Club from Kettle and Stony Point, Kineto Theatre, North Lambton Community Health Center and Wiiwkwedong Arts Collective will host the fourth annual Aboriginal Film Festival – Learning and Healing Together – Friday to Sunday.

Candace Scott-Moore, co-organizer of the Wiiwkwedong Arts Collective, said the event had grown over the years.

“We want people to come and hear our story and see how Aboriginal creation, Aboriginal life, and the beauty of it, because through sharing and knowledge is understanding,” she said. “Anishinaabe are beautiful people and we want to share that with our neighbors and help them get to know us so we can grow together.”

On opening night, Dennica Monague will host a youth food workshop at 5 p.m. in the Kineto Theatre.There will also be art displays and taco sales ahead of the film four elements show. The film was directed and produced by Leigh George for Anishinabek Nation, read the press release.

Summer Bressette will be hosting an adult food workshop at 1pm Saturday in the Kineto Theatre.

Evening festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with art displays, taco sales and film screenings Rossia Toronto International Film Festival critically acclaimed film from Metis writer/director/actor Gail Morris.

To wrap up the festival, a film titled star The work of Darlene Naponse will be screened at the Sunday matinee.

“We’re going to have a great weekend of learning and sharing,” Scott-Moore said.

Tickets for Sunday Movies can be found at Kineto’s website. Events on Friday and Saturday will have a “Giving of Kindness” at the door.

Seminar registration is required by calling (519) 786-4545 ext. 207.

Scott-Moore said the festival was made possible with the help of various community partners and grant funding through Lambton’s Creative County Grant Program.

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