Presented by: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
About the Films
She Falls For Ages, an exquisitely crafted machinima, reimagines Creation from a very specific indigenous point of view. This sci-fi retelling of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation story reimagines Sky World as a futuristic, utopic space and Sky Woman as a brave astronaut and world-builder. It begins on an ancient, alien world whose culture centres on the care and reverence for the beautiful, energy-producing Celestial Tree. The central figure of the tale is Otsitsakaion, a telepath. When she learns that her world is dying, she knows what must be done; she must become the seed of the new world. She Falls For Ages boldly mixes Haudenosaunee storytelling with science fiction to connect the deep past and the far future.
The Peacemaker Returns takes place in the far future, when the entire Earth has become a confederation of countries who truly recognize that we share one planet; that one person’s religion, language, and sexuality need not interfere with another’s; and that peace is not just the absence of war but the full eradication of injustice. Now Earth has a new challenge, and Iotetshèn:’en, a young Mohawk woman, is travelling through space along with four other diplomats to a momentous rendezvous.
Q&A with filmmaker Skawennati. Moderated by Andrea Carleson.
Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective. Best known for her machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—she also produces still images, sculpture and textile works.
Her pioneering new media projects include the online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow ; a paper doll/time-travel journal, Imagining Indians in the 25th Century; and TimeTraveller™, a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes. These have been presented in New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland and across North America in major exhibitions at the Biennale of the Americas, and the Montreal Biennale. Skawennati is represented by ELLEPHANT and her award-winning work is included in both public and private collections.
Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal.