Timely topics galore grace weekend's Aboriginal Film Festival

Leonard Peter of the valley
Leonard Peter of the valley's Tzinquaw Dancers performs during Wednesday's opening of the 10th-annual Cowichan Aboriginal Festival of Film & Art. Screenings, awards, and workshops continue this weekend in Duncan.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Eco-crises, suicide, sexual abuse, and spiritual awareness are just three timely topics being explored for folks of all races and beliefs during the 10th-annual Cowichan Aboriginal Festival of Film & Art, continuing this weekend in Duncan.

If films screened Wednesday and Thursday in the Cowichan Theatre are any indication, the remaining movies will be unforgettable.

Director Dana Claxton and actor Cowboy Smithx were in the house Wednesday during the showing of He Who Dreams, a realistically abstract exploration of how telling messages are delivered as we sleep. Jung and Freud would have been proud.

Thursday's environmentally heavy night asked viewers of two riveting films to weigh environmental destruction against fast money from global resource extraction.

Sacred Lands: Profit & Loss showed journalistically balanced similarities between the shocking destruction of Native lands by Chinese nickel mining in Papua New Guinea — and the sickening impact of developing Alberta's oil sands in Aboriginal and Metis territory.

Feature two, Oil Sands Karaoke, brilliantly captured the wasted dreams of Fort McMurray's working folks against the vast wasteland being created by oil companies producing two million barrels of petrol daily in northern Alberta.

Tonight's (Friday)Youth Awards ceremony in the theatre salutes bright filmmakers at 7 p.m., while the same time sees the film Rhymes for Young Ghouls (violence warning issued) at VIU's Cowichan campus.

Saturday sees the 1 p.m. film Heliset Hale: Awaken Life Within, plus 2 p.m. youth-film screenings in the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre.

QCC action twins three films Saturday in the theatre.

They include My Cousin Lived Next Store (7 p.m.), How A People Live (8:30 p.m.), and Empire Of Dirt.

Check all times and prices at the theatre's box office, 250-748-7529.

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