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Mino Bimaadiziwin

ALT | International Shorts

At a cultural preservation dance, a trans Anishinaabe man meets a vivacious young woman who pushes him to reconnect with Indigenous culture. The strength of Mino Bimaadiziwin lies in its simplicity: it’s a story of two people connecting in the process of reconnecting. The woman, Bangishimogikwe, represents a path forward, but Jim’s marginalization makes this a difficult choice—and he’s not entirely sure about her motives. This is a story about identity, beyond one’s physical appearance or gender, and the aspects of one’s self that are formed in one’s earliest years and experiences that some reject or lose touch with. Native traditions instill beauty and history, focussing on learning through community—it’s about people, not ideas, rooted in language. This is a lyrical and wonderfully honest film that takes small moments and imparts them with surprising resonance.

Screens in program Love and Compassion


Canadian premiere
Director Shane McSauby
Country of Origin: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 10 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Cleo Keahna, Grace Dove, Annabella Binaakwe, Debra A. Fox, Kara Wilson, Steven Naganashe Perry
Producer: Carese Bartlett
Screenwriter: Shane McSauby
Cinematographer: Shaandiin Tome
Editor: Blackhorse Lowe
Production Design: Jenny Lasko
Music: Kayla Briet
Print Source: Shane McSauby

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