Decolonization through collaborative filmmaking: Sharing stories from the heart

  • Elizabeth Carlson Laurentian University
  • Gladys Rowe University of Manitoba
  • Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot
  • Sarah Story University of Winnipeg
Keywords: Collaborative documentary filmmaking, colonialism, decolonization, consciousness-raising, Indigenous, settler

Abstract

Utilizing a conversational style, this article describes the collaborative, consensus based filmmaking process of a diverse group with Indigenous and settler identities who are engaged in creating the Stories of Decolonization film project. Although it has morphed in purpose and composition, the project has remained true to its core vision of providing a basic and accessible understanding of colonization and its continued impacts on those residing on lands occupied by Canada, and of inspiring greater participation in decolonization movements. The first short film of the project, Land Dispossession and Settlement shares personal and ancestral stories and features a diverse group of Winnipeg- and Canada-based persons who have come to understand themselves in relation to colonization and have engaged in decolonization work. In completing this first short film, the filmmakers have experienced a transformative journey through which they have engaged in critical dialogue and built strong relationships.

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