The Native and the Refugee: Reservations, Sovereignty, and Autonomy

The Native and the Refugee: Reservations, Sovereignty, and Autonomy

Tuesday, JUN 30th | 6PM (Screening at 7PM)

Nahr al-Bared in 1951

VIMAF and ALL NATIONS Festival invite you to the westcoast premiere of videos from Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny’s documentary project The Native and the Refugee, connecting struggles taking place on Indian reservations in the United States and those in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East. This event will focus on the native dimension of the project, watching and discussing the current situations on Indigenous Territories across Turtle Island, including here in Coast Salish Territory.

The event will start at 6pm with an informal outdoor bbq (vegan/meat) by donation and at 7pm the event will go inside with introductory remarks by Artist Jayce Salloum. The screening will be followed with a discussion with the filmmakers

LOCATION: VIVO, 2625 Kaslo Street, Coast Salish Territory (near Renfrew Skytrain Station).

TICKETS: (including optional dinner), or pay cash at the door. Pay what you can. No one turned away.

Co-presented by VIVO and sponsored by: All Nations Festival (Kwikwetlem Nation, July 23-25, 2015), W2 Media Mornings on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio 100.5 FM, and Voice of Palestine صوت فلسطين

We Love Being Lakota
Adam Khalil, Matt Peterson, Malek Rasamny, 2015, 12 min
This video was taken during our December visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Home of the Oglala Lakota, “the fiercest warrior tribe on the continent”, the film takes a meditative look at Lakota identity in the face of US colonialism, and their relationship to the sacred land they have been pushed out of after two centuries of warfare and theft.

Men’s Council of the People of the Way of the Longhouse
Adam Khalil, Matt Peterson, Malek Rasamny, 2015, 12 min
Taking place on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne–on the borders of New York, Ontario and Quebec–this video juxtaposes footage of a special January gathering at their longhouse, featuring elder Paul Delaronde; archival footage of the Mohawk Warrior Society; and shots of the polluted, decaying industrialized remains surrounding their territory.

INAATE/SE/ (excerpt)
Adam and Zack Khalil, 2015, 10 min
“Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil (both Ojibwe) provide a raw take on their ancestral community within the Sault Ste. Marie area — documenting the harmony and debauchery of the Indigenous experience today. This experimental film, now in the works, juxtaposes the voice of the romanticizing settler with contemporary Ojibwe perspectives.” — Gloria Bell, First American Art Magazine

Matt Peterson produced a film on the Tunisian insurrection called Scenes from a Revolt Sustained, and is now working on a project about Istanbul and Kurdish autonomy. He was a member of Red Channels and the 16 Beaver Group, and is currently part of a commune in Ridgewood called Woodbine.

Malek Rasamny is a researcher, film programmer, and critic based in New York and Beirut. He was a member of Red Channels, Ground Floor Collective, and LERFE, and has organized events with the theThe Brecht Forum and afikra. His writings on film have been featured in the Daily Star, the largest English language daily newspaper in the Middle East.

Jayce Salloum is a Vancouver-based photographer and video artist known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Lebanese immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States and began his artistic career in 1975. The central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and notions of identity. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.