Windcatcher + Q&A with Boyd Quakawoot

Windcatcher + Q&A with Boyd Quakawoot

BIRRARANGGA Film Festival at the NFSA
Sat 22 Jun 1:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
2024 | DCP | AUS | D: Tanith Glynn-Maloney  
Percy Boy Collins (Lennox Monaghan) likes to run. A lot. That’s why he’s getting up at quarter to five in the morning. He needs a new pair of sneakers and he’s earning the cash by helping out at a local farm. Or rather, he was. Today’s his last day, because there’s a big race at his school and the prize is all he needs to get his savings across the line. 

While training for the big day, Percy Boy discovers a supernatural ability to see Lost Souls – a gift passed down from his grandfather. Percy Boy must overcome his fears and past loss to chase his dreams. 

Preview short film: The Water Walker 

2020 | Unclassified | 13 mins | DCP | CAN | D: James Burns 

The Water Walker is the first project from Seeing Red 6Nations, an Indigenous-owned media company based on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. It stars teenage climate activist Autumn Peltier, who is Anishinaabe-kwe, from Wiikwemkoong First Nation (Manitoulin Island, Ontario). The film is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Graham Greene (Oneida, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory (Ontario)). 

The Water Walker is a short documentary tracing the roots, passion and perseverance of young Autumn. We follow her story as she prepares to speak at the United Nations. Autumn is an influential figure in the Indigenous and global youth-led environmental movement. In 2019, 14-year-old Autumn was named the chief water commissioner by the Anishinabek Nation, a position previously held by her late Great Aunt Josephine Mandamin, an Elder and founding member of the water protectors movement. 

Adding to the richness of the storytelling, the filmmakers incorporate Michif (Métis) artist Christi Belcourt’s renowned paintings, brought to life with stunning animated sequences that capture the sacred qualities of water. 

Join us for a post-screening Q&A with Windcatcher writer Boyd Quakawoot. 

The NFSA is proud to partner with BIRRARANGGA Film Festival, celebrating Global Indigenous Films that explore the curatorial themes of ‘strength, resilience and the environment’. First Nations relationships to the image as a form of expression, particularly in Australia, is connected to thousands of years of cultural practices. Curated by Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung)/Yorta Yorta screen creative and actor Tony Briggs, BIRRARANGGA honours that history and acknowledges the contemporary currency of the moving image, of film, as an expression of the human experience in relation to our natural surroundings.   

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