Doing the Work!

Doing the Work!

2019 | 84 minutes


From bare-back horse racing to Madonna inspired dance routines, these are just a few of the ways Indigenous people get to work in this extraordinary package of seven short films.

  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 84 minutes

Packaged Films

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

Canada | 2018 | 20 minutes | Amanda Strong (Michif)

Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees.

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Blood (and) Memory 2

USA | 2019 | 4 minutes | Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe)

A split screen remix of home movies, exploring how the construction of Indigenous memory fast forwards and rewinds in time.

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Emptying the Tank

Canada | 2018 | 10 minutes | Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)

A striking portrait of Chippewa female mixed-martial-artist Ashley Nichols, celebrating her inner strength, fortitude, and dedication.

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Fast Horse

Canada | 2019 | 14 minutes | Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)

Siksika horseman Allison RedCrow dreams of bringing a team to the "greatest outdoor show on Earth"--the Calgary Stampede.

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Les Vaillants

Canada | 2018 | 5 minutes | Martin Gunn (Kitcisakik, Anishnabe)

For over 100-years, Kitcisakik men have gathered to build a casket as a show of solidarity with the deceased's family.

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USA | 2019 | 20 minutes | Heather Rae (Cherokee)

Follow the history-making rise of Coeur d’Alene tribal member Paulette Jordan, the first Indigenous candidate to win the Idaho Primary for Governor.

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Sweetheart Dancers

USA | 2019 | 14 minutes | Ben-Alex Dupris (Colville)

Sean Snyder and Adrian Stevens, a Ute and Navajo two-spirit couple, shift culture through their participation in this celebrated powwow contest.

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