This Is A Stereotype Film Screening
Tuesday, October 28 | 5pm | Run time is 40 minutes
Location: TBA on the UofT St. George Campus
This Is A Stereotype is a film project motivated from an exhibition by Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara/
The film allows for the continuation of this dialogue. The exhibition/performance, was just the spark. It pushed artist Cannupa Hanska and filmmaker Dylan McLaughlin to ask Why? Where do these stereotypes come from? Are all stereotypes negative? Do they come from some level of truth? Is there a place to blame? How can we break down these ways of thinking into something positive and useful? Can stereotypes become empowering? How has history influenced the way Native Americans see themselves today, and how do non-Natives and popular culture perceives Native Americans? What are the economic parallels of stereotyping? How do you let go of stereotypes? The questions kept coming. The more they talked about it, the more there was a need to dig deeper, to look at many stories of past and present, of ordinary and esteemed, in order to have the proper tools to address the idea of the stereotype.
This film is made from archival footage juxtaposed with modern interviews, and woven together with an artistic response. We have gathered historical footage from the Institute of American Indian Arts Archive (Native American Videotape Archive – 1976) along side more current documentation, allowing a broader approach to addressing the subject matter. It utilizes a wide range of sources for interviews including artists, scholars, and political activists representing nations from across the United States. “This Is A Stereotype” documents many perspectives, creating a multi-faceted dialogue, which will enrich the theme of the film and allow for the audience to build their own interpretation around the misconceptions of the Native American.
* Accessible Space * CC Provided * Gender-Neutral Washrooms Available *
* This is a Free Event Open to the Public *
Photography by Alex Richler of Fun Sized Media. Photos may be not be reproduced without the permission of the photographer.