Bee Nation & All Our Father’s Relations at Asinabka Festival with One World Film

One World Arts and the One World Film Festival are delighted to be partnering with the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival to co-present two thought-provoking and compelling documentaries – BEE NATION and ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS – at their 6th annual festival on August 13th, 2017 from 6PM on at the Canadian Museum of Nature (240 McLeod St, Ottawa).

We’re also pleased to announce that Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will be partnering with the One World Film Festival and Asinabka Festival for the 6PM co-presentation of BEE NATION, which screened at the 2017 edition of their festival in Toronto this spring.

One World Arts is partnering with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Ontario Trillium Foundation on the Hot Docs Ottawa Showcase, a series of documentary screenings presented in partnership in Ottawa in 2017. Stay tuned for more information, coming soon, about Hot Docs Showcase Ottawa screenings taking place this fall.

Tickets are $5/program or $10/all closing night films and will be available at the door.

The Asinabka Festival is an annual Indigenous media and film festival held in Ottawa. The meaning of the Algonquin word  Asinabka  is “place of glare rock”, a reference to Chaudière Falls and a place of magnificent beauty and of great significance in the history of the Algonquin people. The Asinabka Festival is a platform for Indigenous artists both in Canada and internationally. These media artists and filmmakers are provided with the opportunity to share their work while telling their own stories and educating people about global Indigenous issues.

Bee Nation
Directed by Lana Šlezić | Canada | 2016 | 78 min
Directed by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Lana Šlezić, BEE NATION follows six students as they compete in the first ever First-Nations Provincial Spelling bee in Canada. The film explores the passion and determination of these Saskatchewan students and the parents and educators who support them. BEE NATION touches on the challenges within the students’ community as they try and make it to the National Championship in Toronto. BEE NATION was an official opening night selection for the 2017 edition of Hot Docs and is described by Hot Docs festival programmer Alexander Rogalski as “an inspiring story that encourages us all to be our best selves”.

BEE NATION will be showing August 13th at 6:00pm


All Our Father’s Relations
Directed by Alejandro Yoshizawa | Canada | 2016 | 56 min
Winner of Best Canadian Feature at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival and the official selection of both the
Beijing International Film Festival,  ALL OUR FATHERS’S RELATIONS examines the complex subject of cultural identity and heritage. Director Alejandro Yoshizawa explores the story of four adult siblings who are of Musquean elders with Chinese ancestry. The film, which follows their journey to learn about their own family history, explores the historical relationship between Chinese and first nations people in Canada. ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS traces the connecting histories of Chinese and first nations communities both in Canada and China.

ALL OUR FATHER’S RELATIONS will be showing August 13th at 7:45pm


The 6th annual  Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival runs from August 9th to 13th at various locations in Ottawa, on the traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

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For more information about the Festival’s lineup of film screenings, talks, workshops, Q&As with filmmakers, musical performances and more: