2016 Festival
Gallery Crawl

Events @ the 2016 Asinabka Festival

Asinabka Festival in partnership with Indigenous Walks presents a guided walk & talk through downtown Ottawa that presents participants with social, political, cultural & artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective.

Length:  75 MINUTES

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(Starting at the Human Rights Memorial (Lisgar/Elgin St.) and ending at Victoria Island in time for the Festival’s Opening events)

Wed. August 10, 2016,  6:30-7:45pm

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Indigenous Walking Tour

In this lecture, I sketch the evolution of indigenous fiction filmmaking practices in Aotearoa, NZ, from their roots, in the mid1980s to the present. Our two pioneering Maori auteurs, Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, both began as indigenous activists, documentary filmmakers and theorists, firmly grounding Māori fiction film within a context of cultural revival, creating as they did so, a postcolonial indigenous aesthetic that has been an inspiration for other indigenous filmmakers beyond our shores. While Barclay’s concept of 4th Cinema held to an uncompromising by the people, of the people for the people aesthetic of documentary realism, Mita’s complementary concept of “decolonizing the screen” also opened a space for a more dramatic, highly poetic realism.

From these roots, I show how Māori cinema has continued to chart our multiple and evolving identities, our struggle to challenge social exclusion: revisit forgotten or repressed histories; regain and/or maintain land, language, to reconnect with and recreate cultural identities. Seeking to own and share images of ourselves and our cultural “Others”, Māori filmmakers also continue to create new, hybrid Māori spaces in the contemporary local and global World. 

Our “Own” Images:  30 Years of Maori Fiction Film -

A Masterclass (Lecture) with Deborah Walker-Morrison

Deborah Walker-Morrison is the Senior Lecturer in European Languages and Literatures at the University of Auckland.  Her Iwi affiliations are Ngati Kahungunu; Rakai Paaka; Ngati Pahauwera.  Her areas of expertise are French cinema, Maori cinema, film noir, literary and audio-visual translation theory, post-colonial and feminist theories, and evolutionary theory. In 2014 she was named the recipient of the John Dunmore Medal for research into French achievements and development in the Pacific.

Friday August 12, 2016 / 3-5pm @ SAW Video

• Snacks / Cash Bar

• Free / by Donation

• Lecture is followed by a Maori Short Film Program at the Museum of Nature Theatre (240 McLeod St), at 6:00pm


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This promo video sources clips from films that screened at the 2016 Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival.

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2016 Festival Poster
Saturday Aug. 13, 5:00pm - 10:00pm @ Gallery 101 (51B Young St.) & SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.)
*Catch the free bus from SAW to G101 at 4:00pm
*Free BBQ at Gallery 101 starts at 5:00pm
*Bus returns to SAW at 7:00pm