OWFF 2015: Day Three of the Film Festival in Pictures

The third day of the 2015 festival showcased docs and talks on the theme on ‘Our Home On Native Land,’ with screenings of Canadian and indigenous documentary films and panel discussions with filmmakers, documentary protagonists, and experts on Aboriginal Law and mining in Canada on our last day of programming at the National Gallery of Canada.

The day started off with an afternoon of Canadian Documentary Shorts with Ottawa Indie Fest, featuring short documentaries by Gary Marcuse, Jennifer Robbins, Marie Soleil Foisy (Mar Y Sol), and Howard Adler and followed by a Q and A with the filmmakers.

The afternoon program also included a screening of Martha Stiegman’s documentary Honour Your Word, which chronicles the plight of the indigenous people of the Algonquin First Nation of Barriere Lake. Norman Matchewan (Algonquins of Barriere Lake spokesperson and film protagonist), Martha Stiegman (film director), and Pei-Ju Wang (Barriere Lake Solidarity – Ottawa) joined us for a discussion after the screening.

Thank you to Canadian playwright and director Alanis King for being our MC and panel host for the afternoon and to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF) for sharing one of the heritage markers, commemorating the experiences of ‘Indian Residential School’ Survivors, featured in Howard Adler‘s short documentary An Object that has Spirit.

The festival was also proud to offer an afternoon of programming for children of festival-goers. This included opportunities for kids to learn about gardening, make dream catchers, play games, create art, and practice wilderness survival skills in the city with local E.C.E. teacher Brittanie Goodfellow and  Alister Ogui Auge and Brittany Boychuk of Roots2Fruits.

Author and radio host Waubgeshig Rice from CBC Ottawa joined us as MC and panel moderator for our evening program, featuring the Ottawa premiere of award-winning documentaries After the Last River and Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World. A panel discussion on Aboriginal Law and Mining in Canada with filmmaker Victoria Lean (After the Last River), Professor Darren O’Toole (University of Ottawa), and Ugo Lapointe (MiningWatch Canada) followed the screening of After the Last River. The panel discussed the legalities surrounding mining practice in Canada and how it affects Aboriginal communities and the environment.

The evening wrapped up with our Festival Jury’s announcement of the 2015 One World Film Festival ‘Best of Fest’ award winners:

Best Feature: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (Canada)
Best Short: Sayachapis (Canada)
Congratulations to our winners!

Thank you to our 2015 OWFF Jury members:

Kat Fournier, Theatre Critic for Capital Critics Circle
Emily Ramsay, Co-Executive Director of Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival
José Sánchez, Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for pictures from DAY THREE of our festival!

Join us for DAY FOUR of the One World Film Festival:

Sunday September 27th
One World Film Festival Presents: Actions Speak Louder Than Words
In co-operation with Inter Pares, The Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, and Oxfam Canada
10am to 5pm at Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa, K1S 1C4
Feeling inspired? Take the next step toward action with a full day of films, discussions, and interactive workshops with Inter Pares, the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, and Oxfam Canada. FREE entry. Please reserve your spot here.

Dimanche le 27 Septembre
Festival du film One World presente: Les actes valent plus que les mots
Avec la coopération de Inter Pares, Institut canadien pour la résolution des conflits, et Oxfam Canada.
De 10 h à 17 h à l’Université Saint-Paul, 223, rue Main, Ottawa K1S 1C4.
Vous sentez-vous inspiré(e)? Alors prenez un pas de plus vers la mobilisation, grâce à une journée complète de films, de discussions, et d’ateliers interactifs menée par les organismes Inter Pares, l’Institut canadien pour la résolution des conflits, et Oxfam Canada.
L’entrée est GRATUITE. Veuillez réserver votre place ici.


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