A journey by canoe into the city creates a dynamic interconnection between natural and urban spaces. In this evocative short set to a hypnotizing soundtrack by Inuk artist Tanya Taqaq, director Caroline Monnet celebrates the fierce resourcefulness of Indigenous people in adapting to the dizzying changes of the past century.
It’s interesting for me to use archival images to talk about a contemporary indigenous image using 16 millimeter film. It’s interesting to use that and remix it with a very upbeat track and very contemporary sound beat editing. It actually makes the images look pretty modern.
My wish for the film was to talk about people moving forward, so when I looked at the films, I really focused on images of people doing something, either building or showing off their skills and constantly moving. I found some great footage from Cree Hunters of Mistassini, the guy riding a canoe. I also found Cesar’s Bark Canoe, another really great film showcasing an elder building a canoe. There’s also High Steel so there’s a few successful NFB films that I took the liberty to take some of the images from and really remix them, revamp them.
- NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. Her work has been programmed in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), TIFF, Sundance, Aesthetica (UK), Palm Springs (USA), Cannes Film Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal), Arsenal Contemporary NY, Axenéo7 (Gatineau), Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff) and the National Art Gallery (Ottawa). In 2016, she was selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation residency in Paris. She is based in Montréal. Her latest film EMPTYING THE TANK premiered at TIFF.