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Indigenous youth screen their short films at New Zealand film festival – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 202320 Views

Mar 22, 2023

Through Our Lens program saw Māori youth work with youth in Montreal area

Indigenous youth from the Montreal area are getting a taste of what it would be like to be in the film industry, screening their short films at the Māoriland Film Festival in Ōtaki, New Zealand.

“I feel like I’m getting a jump on, you know, the whole experience of being a filmmaker,” said Jarrett Jacobs, who is Kanien’kehá:ka.

The short film he directed in October screened at last week’s festival.

The films were made as part of a cultural exchange called Through Our Lens that sends Māori youth to other Indigenous communities around the world to collaborate and make short films.

The program’s latest stop was in Kahnawà:ke, a Kanien’kehá:ka community south of Montreal, in October where youth in the Montreal area participated. The 13 youth made three films over two days, which were shown at a community screening at the end of the workshop.

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