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Skoden Indigenous Film Festival gears up for its 2023 programming, March 31 to April 1 – Stir

March 24, 2023

Aiming to decolonize the screen, the 5th annual fest features bill of works from all-Indigenous creators

Skoden Indigenous Film Festival (SIFF) returns in-person from March 31 to April 1, for three days of screening programs at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts’s Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.

Founded upon the principles of truth and reconciliation, the festival exclusively features Indigenous filmmakers and creatives from across Canada. It was created in 2019 by Simon Fraser University film alumni Carr Sappier (Wolastoqew) and Grace Mathisen, with an aim to decolonize the screen and Indigenize the SFU community.

The 2023 festival will feature five film programs and conclude with an awards ceremony. The lineup presents an eclectic selection of both new filmmaking forces—including Robbie Tait Jr. (A Rainbow to Turtle Island), and Laura Fontaine and Yasmine Fontaine (Our Way)—and well-established artists, such as Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan (Ever Deadly); Amanda Strong (Spirit Bear: Fishing for Knowledge, Catching Dreams); and Ma-Nee Chacaby, Zoe Gordon and Shayne Ehman (Return to Ombabika).

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