Falls Around Her, starring Tantoo Cardinal, will be screened April 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Kineto Theatre in Forest for National Canadian Film Day. It began two years ago as a project to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and grew into a cultural partnership between a service club in Forest and the neighbouring Kettle and Stony Point First Nation.
The Kiwanis Club, which operates the historic Kineto Theatre in Forest’s downtown, launched an Understanding Through the Arts Canada 150 project in 2017 to encourage connections with Kettle and Stoney Point.
It led to art workshops, film screenings, dance performances and other events that year, and an ongoing partnership between the service club and groups at the First Nation.
“We’ve just carried on doing events with them because it is so mutually beneficial and enjoyable,” said Glen Starkey, a Kiwanis Club member.
On March 21, Alberta-based Kehewin Native Dance Theatre is returning for a morning performance at the Kineto for schools and an afternoon performance at Hillside School at Kettle and Stony Point.
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It’s the third time the dance theatre has travelled to the area to perform.
“It’s all young people,” said Kylie Bressette, with Kettle and Stony Point. “They’re wonderful.”
This year’s performance, Unmasking Identity, is about the effects of colonization on First Nation youth, and their battle to uphold their culture. In the past, the troupe has tackled issues such as murdered and missing Indigenous women and residential schools, Bressette said.
“They do it in such a way that it’s very impactful, but it’s beautiful,” she said.
Bressette can be contacted at 519-786-2125 ext. 115, to inquire about limited seating available for the public.
On April 17, the Kineto will host a National Canadian Film Day screening of Falls Around Her, a 2018 film by director Darlene Naponse, and starring Tantoo Cardinal and Tina Keeper, about a famous First Nation musician who returned home. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $6.
And then, on April 27, the Kineto is hosting an evening of entertainment, art and food in partnership with the Wiiwkwedong Arts Collective.
Along with a screening of the feature film, Angelique’s Isle, the evening will include two short films, live music by Brandon Soloman and The Brothers Wilde, and a virtual reality experience. First Nation food will also be available to purchase.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for those 12 and under.
Candace Scott-Moore, with the arts collective that organizes concerts, plays, film nights, workshops and other arts and culturally based events at Kettle and Stony, said the Kiwanis Club reached out to it a few years ago.“It just turned into a really beautiful partnership,” she said.This will be the third Indigenous film night the arts collective and service club have hosted together at the Kineto, she said.“This year, it’s going to be a bit of a different experience,” with the addition of Indigenous food, live music and the virtual reality experience, Scott-Moore added.“It’s a night about celebrating our Indigenous way of life. … We’d really like to see a lot of people join us in the celebration.”Screening Indigenous films is an important way of “sharing and telling our stories in another form,” she said.“Not everybody can get to go and sit and listen to the oral storytelling … but people love films and people love watching and and hearing, and seeing, our stories.”Scott-Moore said she believes the partnership based in the arts is bringing the communities closer together.“We’re feeling embraced.” Trending in Canada
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