“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back” Louis Riel (1885)
Don’t miss this special screening of the powerful film, When They Awake (92 min.), co-hosted by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre.
When They Awake documents a remarkable generation of established and emerging Indigenous musicians whose voices are being heard in a moment of cultural and political resurgence. It is to this generation and their astonishing music that the film bears witness.
Featuring more than 20 artists, including modern trailblazers such as A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday, the Jerry Cans, and Iskwé, the film illustrates how native musicians are channeling the pain of the past into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. The film “is infused with so much positive energy, it practically bursts off the screen” writes Laurie Sarkadi, Yellowknife Edge
Everyone Welcome. Admission by donation. FMI contact Janet at 250 337-5412
After the trauma and dislocation of the war in Syria, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal? The documentary, WAJD: Songs of Separation looks at the important role music plays in the lives of refugees.
Wajd: Songs of Separation introduces us to three men—Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamad—all talented musicians, who are re-assembling their lives in Turkey and Holland while they await uncertain futures. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning.
Footage of their daily lives is woven together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of pre-war Syria.
The film is a moving testament to both the heartbreak and loss of war and the resilience of individuals. It is a beautiful meditation on the healing and life-affirming power of music and creative expression. Click Here to watch the trailer.
Admission is by donation. Advisory: some scenes of war. FMI: 250-337 5412