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Video: Mobilize


From canoes to cities, a frenetic celebration of the power of indigenous Canadians.

In her short film Mobilize, Caroline Monnet – a Canadian filmmaker and artist of French and Algonquin origin – uses archival documentary footage to honor the restless diligence of Canada’s indigenous people. Given access to more than 700 films from the National Film Board of Canada for the project, Monnet crafts a fervent visual collage that moves from the country’s rural north, where indigenous craftsmen are seen fashioning canoes, to scenes from the urban south, where skyscraper construction is underway. According to Monnet, in making the film, she sought to explore the trajectory of her own family’s history, as well as to simply bombard viewers with ‘images of indigenous people kicking ass on screen’. Heightened by a feverish score from the Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq, Monnet’s film offers a deeply original and personal perspective on the indigenous Canadian experience.

Director: Caroline Monnet

Score: Tanya Tagaq

Producer: Anita Lee

Website: National Film Board of Canada

Text: Aeon

Running Time: 3:34

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Caroline “Coco” Monnet is an Algonquin-French contemporary artist and filmmaker known for her work in sculpture, installation and film. Monnet made her first debut in 2009 where she presented her film “Ikwé” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

One comment on “Video: Mobilize

  1. Susan Tyler
    May 26, 2019

    5/26Hi Maria–Good to catch up w/you today.  So excited to hear about your nest & the Nuthall!  Big doings at Marinwood! Thought you might enjoy the enclosed film (3 min) about the native people in Canada.  the woman who made the film sounds like an interesting person.Have a great week!Susan     


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