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Weekly Indigenous Film Series: "Robert's Paintings"


Join DISE Artist-in-Residence Lori Beavis every Thursday, 4pm-6pm, for our Weekly Indigenous Film Series. The series will feature documentaries and feature films by Indigenous filmmakers, screened in Education Building room 233 (EDUC-233), 3700 McTavish.

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Robert’s Paintings

(2011, 52 min. directed by Shelley Niro)

Robert’s Paintings (2011), is a film by Haudenosaunee artist/filmmaker, Shelley Niro. The film is about the painter and McGill Faculty of Education alumnus Robert Houle (B.Ed. (Art Education) 1975). Houle is a Saulteaux First Nations Canadian artist, curator, critic, and educator. He has had an active curatorial and artistic practice since the mid-1970s.

Like many of his generation, Houle was schooled in the residential school system. In the film, he expressively talks about his experiences at the school. In recent years he created a body of work encapsulating his memories from childhood. As an adult and teacher, he used this opportunity to give witness to his life and the many others who passed through the corridors of what is now known as Canada’s shame.

In the film we meet friends and family who share stories about Robert and what his paintings mean to them. This film is about not forgetting and contributing to the collective memory of a nation. In its own way it is a celebration.

Director Shelley Niro (Mohawk) is a photographer, painter, sculptor, bead worker, multimedia artist, and independent filmmaker. She is a member of the Turtle Clan at Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Niro’s work has been shown across Canada, the USA and internationally. Robert’s Paintings is her third full-length film.

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The series will run from November 3rd to December 1st, and from January 12th to March 23rd. Films screened will include Honey Mocassin, Paris is Burning, Kissed by Lightning, Smoke Signals, Robert's Paintings ,and more...

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