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JUNE 26, 2015. 6:00 PM.


National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

One Bowling Green

New York, NY 10004

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DIRECTORS: Caroline Monnet, Zoe Hopkins, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Lisa Jackson, and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.


PRODUCERS:  Catherine Chagnon

CO-PRODUCED BY: Lori Lozinski, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril,

Jennifer Millington



A commission of: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival With support from: Canada Council for the Arts 

Date completed: 2015

Country: Canada

Film Category: Fiction

Length: 73 min











The Embargo Project is an anthology of five short films by Canadian Indigenous women. Participating in a collective process, each director created a film under restrictions imposed on them by their peers, to push each artist into new creative territory.


Written and directed by: Caroline Monnet

Cast: Marie Brassard, Julien Morin

Produced by: Catherine Chagnon

Company: Microclimat Films (Montréal, QC)

Executive Producer: Danis Goulet

Cinematographer: Stéphanie Weber Biron

Editor: Aube Foglia

Sound: Guillaume Daoust, Jean-François B. Sauvé, Jean Paul Vialard (NFB)

Art Direction: Amy Sara Keith

Costumes: Éric Poirier Make-up/Hair: Corinne Blot


Fiction / French with English subtitles/ 9 minutes


Housewife and grandmother Roberta struggles to fit the conformist society she lives in and turns to amphetamines and booze to cure her boredom..


CAROLINE MONNET (Algonquin), Montréal, QC. Caroline Monnet is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist of Algonquin ancestry from Outaouais, Québec. Using film, video, painting, photography and installation, her work demonstrates a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her short videos Ikwé and Warchild were both selected for TIFF and her short film Gephyrophobia was selected for Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent showcase at Cannes. Monnet lives in Montréal and is also a founding member of the Aboriginal digital arts collective ITWÉ.

Written and directed by: Zoe Hopkins

Cast: Santee Smith, Tammy Hill, Julien Ballentyne, Brian Maracle, Barbara Miller, Amy Bomberry

Produced by: Lyvia Cohen, Jennifer Millington

Producer: Zoe Hopkins

Company: Skyworld Productions (Six Nations, ON)

Executive Producer: Danis Goulet

Cinematographer: Michael Leblanc

Production Design: Tisha Myles

Music: Digging Roots


Fiction / English, Mohawk / 18 minutes


A broken-hearted woman moves home to rebuild her life and give her young son roots through language and family.


ZOE HOPKINS (Heiltsuk/Mohawk), Six Nations, ON An alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, Zoe Hopkins has made several short films that have screened around the world at festivals including Sundance, Worldwide Short Film Festival and Berlin. Her film The Garden won the NSI Online Festival Festival’s A&E Short FIlmmakers Award and her most recent short film Mohawk Midnight Runners won the Best Canadian Short Drama at the 2013 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. 

Written and directed by: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Cast: Duncan Ollrenshaw, Laura Wilson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Mariel Belanger, Máret Áile Gaup Beaska, Ánda Somby

Producers: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Laura Good

Executive Producers: Lori Lozinski, Danis Goulet

Company: Violator Films (Vancouver, BC)

Cinematographers: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Oliver Millar

Editor: Bridget Durnford

Music: Ánde Somby Production

Design: Caitlin Byrnes Animator: Kunal Sen, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers


Documentary / English, Sámi with English subtitles / 14 minutes


Bihttošis an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, reenactments, and archival photos, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents' somewhat mythic love story and how it relates to the dissolution of her relationship with her father


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers is an emerging filmmaker, actor, and writer. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals including imagineNATIVE and the Vancouver International Film Festival. In 2012, her short film A Red Girl’s Reasoning won the Best Canadian Short Drama at imagineNATIVE. In 2013, she was selected for the Indigenous Film Fellowship by the International Sámi Film Centre in Norway to develop her first feature-length screenplay. She is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus. 

Written and directed by: Lisa Jackson 

Cast: Kevin Loring, Gregory Odjig, Joshua Ranville, Kindall Charters, Reneltta Arluk, Curtis Ahenakew, Clint Andrews, Sam Bob, Ray Thunderchild, Mark James, Jason Harder

Produced by: Lori Lozinski, Erica Landrock, Lisa Jackson Executive Producer: Danis Goulet Company: Violator Films (Vancouver, BC) Executive Producer: Danis Goulet

Cinematographer: Bob Aschmann

Editor: Adam Locke-Norton Music: Gabe Desrosiers

Production Design: Sean McQuillan Make-up/ Hair: Kita Nahanni


Fiction / English, Anishinaabe/ 10 minutes


In 1850, George Copway was the first Indian to publish a history of his nation, the Ojibway. Intemperance is a satire that brings to life a morally complex story of his people living in changing times.


Named one of Playback Magazine’s " 10 to Watch " in 2012, Lisa Jackson’s genre-blending films span documentary, animation and fiction. Her work has screened on most networks in Canada including CTV, CBC, TMN, and APTN and at major international festivals including Berlin, imagineNATIVE and SXSW. Her work has also garnered numerous awards and her film Savage won the Genie award for Best Short Film in 2010. She is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre. 

Written by: Dallas Varcoe 

Cast: Miali Buscemi, Malaya Qaunirq Chapman, Franco Buscemi, Paul Nutarariaq, Reverend Mike Gardener, Elisapee Johnston

Directed by: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril 

Produced by: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Anne-Marie Stuart, Miriam


Company: Unikkaat Studios (Iqaluit, NT) Executive

Producers: Danis Goulet, Miranda De Pencier

Cinematographer: Qajaaq Ellsworth

Editor: Maureen Grant

Music: Paul Schrofel & Chris Ellsworth


Fiction / Inuktitut with English subtitles/ 15 minutes


Set in a 1950's Inuit community, Aviliaq tells the story of two Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run by outsiders.


Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is an award-winning filmmaker who works in documentary and animation. Her work has been broadcast on CBC and APTN and has traveled extensively to festivals including Hot Docs and imagineNATIVE. In 2010, her NFB animation Lumaajuug won the Best Canadian Short Drama at imagineNATIVE, and in 2011, her animated short film Sloth was selected for Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent showcase at Cannes. Most recently, she was an executive producer on the short film Throat Song that won Best Live Action Short Film at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards and screened at TIFF, and also made the 2014 Academy Awards short list.

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