The Art & Film installation pîkiskwe-speak launched at Edmonton’s Metro Cinema on June 8th, 2017. The event was co-presented by Dreamspeakers Film Festival, the Metro Cinema, and the University of Alberta Department of English and Film Studies as part of the Reconciliation in Focus Series.
The evening opened with the beautiful flute melodies of Indigenous artist Amanda Lamothe and prayers offered by Cree Elder Alsena White. A screening of Lana Gets her Talk was followed by a Q & A with Lana and Beth, facilitated by the U of A’s Katerine Meloche. The acapella trio, ASANI, with Debbie Houle, Sherryl Sewepagham and Sarah Pocklington closed the evening with the perfect song, Listen. Folks gathered for tea, bannock, and conversation after the presentation, which gave them an opportunity to study Lost My Talk and other artwork by Lana in the Metro Cinema Gallery.
A big thanks to everyone who made the evening possible, including the team at Metro Cinema for hosting the event, Christine Frederick of Dreamspeakers for serving as MC, and Heather MacKenzie Consulting for providing refreshments for our reception.
The warmth of the evening left us with our hearts full.