24.01.2029 | 20H

la lumière collective
7080-506, rue Alexandra
Montréal [QC]


En présence de la cinéaste.


7$ à la porte.

Présenté par


Lux Magna, Cinema Politica Concordia & La lumière collective présentent/present:

A night of screenings, featuring the animated works (« machinima ») of Skawennati, followed by a discussion panel with the artist.

Skawennati’s art addresses history, the future, and change. Her new media projects have been presented across Turtle Island in major exhibitions. Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, a research network based at Concordia University. In 2015 they launched the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.


• « She Falls for Ages » (21 min)
This sci-fi retelling of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation story reimagines Sky World as a futuristic, utopic space and Sky Woman as a brave astronaut and world-builder. It begins on an ancient, alien world whose culture centres on the care and reverence for the beautiful, energy-producing Celestial Tree. The central figure of the tale is Otsitsakaion, a telepath. When she learns that her world is dying, she knows what must be done; she must become the seed of the new world. Using the new media technique known as machinima, « She Falls For Ages » boldly mixes Haudenosaunee storytelling with science fiction to connect the deep past and the far future.

• « The Peacemaker Returns » (19 min)
The Peacemaker Returns takes place in the far future, when the entire Earth has become a confederation of countries who truly recognize that we share one planet; that one person’s religion, language, sexuality need not interfere with another’s; and that peace is not just the absence of war, it is the eradication of injustice as well. Now Earth has a new challenge, and Iotetshèn:’en, a young Mohawk woman, is travelling through space along with four other diplomats to a momentous rendez-vous.

• « Words Before All Else » (3 min)
Parts 1, 2 and 3
Words Before All Else Parts 1, 2, & 3 is the beginning of Skawennati’s latest, ongoing machinima series, in which her avatar, xox, recites, in Kanien’kéha, français, and English, the Ohen:ton Karihwatehkwen, also known as the Thanksgiving Address, an ancient Haudenosaunee oration in which all the natural world is thanked. What does it mean to give thanks in a virtual world?