The Labour of “Un-forgetting”: Co-creating Documentary with Indigenous Communities

Coordinates: Friday, November 16 at 8:30pm (La Lumière Collective)

With Iphigénie Marcoux-Fortier (Concordia University)

For the past fifteen years, Iphigénie’s work and approach as a documentary maker in indigenous contexts has constantly evolved, fed by multiple experiences that have helped her to situate herself, both personally and politically. In this presentation, she will show clips from her work as a filmmaker at the production company Les glaneuses, as well as from her work as a mentor-filmmaker for Wapikoni Mobile, the Mapuce School of Filmmaking del Ayja Rewe Budi, and the action-research-creation project Power of the Lens, to reflect on the labour of documentary co-creation. She will discuss how she connects to the concept of “un-forgetting” as a way of rendering visible the invisible structures often embedded in filmmaking practices, that can create imbalances when working in indigenous contexts.

Iphigénie has been concocting documentaries since the turn of the millennium. She has co-founded the production company Les glaneuses, through which she co-creates films anchored in the territory. These films raise questions of identity, highlight intercultural encounters, philosophies of life (or death) and, like a silent mantra, they listen to details. As a filmmaker-mentor, she has accompanied the creation of more than forty short films in an indigenous context. In light of this background, Iphigénie conceives documentary filmmaking as a political and poetic process, as a flagship tool, and as a tool for bridge building.

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