Welcome back everyone! Before we leave summer for the excitement of the new semester, Lindsey Smith has this report on a recent event co-sponsored by American Studies and spearheaded by Lydia Cheshewalla (thanks, Lydia, for including us!) and Fire Thief Productions, an indigenous-owned and operated film production unit in Tulsa.
OSU American Studies and Firethief Productions hosted a screening of short films by Indigenous women at the Circle Cinema last night. Sterlin Harjo (Creek/Seminole filmmaker) and Lydia Cheshewalla (Osage artist) organized and introduced the films.
The screening featured five short films from Canadian Indigenous women filmmakers. The first, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers’s “A Red Girl’s Reasoning,” addresses the crisis of violence against Indigenous women in North America through a vision of vigilante justice. Within the context of the thousands of missing or murdered First Nations women in Canada (now spurring a national inquiry under the Trudeau administration), the film’s stark, film noir overtones emphasize the need for justice for victims of sexual assault. The other films, from Toronto’s Embargo Collective, included shorts by Tailfeathers, Caroline Monnet, Lisa Jackson, Zoe Leigh Hopkins, and Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. These films, with characters negotiating issues of sexuality, parenthood, grief, and a need for connection within colonized Indigenous communities, all represent new challenges for the filmmakers, who as part of the Collective agree to push themselves in new filmmaking directions.
Dr. Smith will be teaching “A Red Girl’s Reasoning” in her ENGL 3153 class this fall. There’s still time to sign up!
See the Facebook event for more details on what you (and I) missed: https://www.facebook.com/events/1032184780162758/