Join us! Saturday, May 20th, as we combine forces with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts to present the Ohero:kon — Under the Husk Film, followed by a Q&A with Director and Producer Katsitsionni Fox, Moderated by Falen Johnson. This presentation is the third event for the 'Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings' series.
Saturday, May 20th, 2017 | 2:00pm — 4:00pm
Jackman Hall, AGO, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
About the Film:
«Ohero:kon — Under the Husk” is a documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S. / Canada border. They both take part in a four- year adolescent passage rites ceremony called Oheró:kon “Under the Husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.
About the Director and Producer:
Katsitsionni Fox (Writer/Director/Producer) has been making films since 2003 in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where she resides. Her credits include: Sacredly Stoked, a short drama related to the traditional uses of tobacco. This film was distributed across Ontario and partially funded by Cancer Care Ontario. She has also produced several short films that relate to domestic violence awareness and environmental awareness. Katsitsionni directed and produced the film “Ohero:kon — Under the Husk” a 26-min documentary following the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Katsitsionni received the Jane Glassco Award for Emerging Filmmaker at the imagineNATIVEFilm Fesitival in 2016 as well as the Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking Award at LA Skins Fest in 2016.
About the Moderator:
Falen Johnson is Mohawk and Tuscarora (Bear Clan) from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a writer, producer, dramaturge and actor currently living in Toronto. Her first play Salt Baby has been staged with Native Earth Performing Arts, Planet IndigenUS, The Next Stage Festival, Live Five, The Globe Theatre. She is the former playwright in residence at Native Earth Performing Arts and Blyth Festival Theatre. She was the 2015 recipient of the OAC Emerging Aboriginal Artist Award. Her second play Two Indians was debuted at The SummerWorks Performance Festival this past summer. This summer a new work titled Ipperwash co-created with Jessica Carmichael will premiere at the Blyth Festival Theatre.
The Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings connects cultural leaders to the Indigenous community in Toronto. The events will present leaders who can discuss identity, wellness, language revitalization, traditional arts, ceremony, and history, as well as issues that face our communities such as climate change and the environment, decolonization, reconciliation, and sovereignty. These discussions will be through teachings within an Indigenous context, and based on each leader’s own distinct nation and culture. Ka’nikonhrí:yo means to have a good mind in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk).
Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) is not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous Peoples.
imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organisation is recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art (film, video, audio and digital media).
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