Our World was started by Nuxalk filmmaker Banchi Hanuse from Bella Coola and initially produced by the National Film Board of Canada (BC/Yukon).
In 2009. when the NFB dropped the project, we (myself and Lisa Jackson, Catrina Longmuir and Elisa Chee) wanted to continue the project. We had already built relationships within the communities and so we wanted to honour the promises made (and mandate of the project) to return multiple times building on friendships and skills.
Although the others have moved on to other projects and/or having children, I have continued to produce this incredible program working individually with each community - growing and changing with each community need.
I am so proud of the relationships with communities that span years - some 10+ years! We have worked together building skills, knowledge, stories and friendships. Some Our World filmmakers have made 5+ films! These films get screened internationally and win awards! Sometimes the filmmakers have traveled with their films! And 100% of screening fees are paid to filmmakers!
Our World offers digital filmmaking, analog filmmaking, animation and podcast/radio workshops. We listen to what the community interests and needs are. There is often a language component so we sometimes get to work with langage keepers and elders. We provide opportunities for youth and all ages. Our World works with local indigenous mentors and/or bring in international animation/filmmaking mentors to communities. Check out the growing team.
Through a partnership with Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth and funding from Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council and Telefilm we have been able to grow this program across Canada!
Our World also partners with community initiatives like Out in Schools & First People’s Post Secondary Storytelling Exchange.
Our World and Reel 2 Real is working in partnership with the Tk’emlúps community on the TRAPLINE project- supporting the creation of an indigenous artist hub in southern bc.
Our World also provides Indigenous educational resources to schools using the 200+ films that have been created.
Our World is dedicated to support and share Indigenous voices and stories.
Language speaker Clyde Talio introduces Nuxalk language stories to the participants: Jack, Jerret and Sam and mentors: Tracy and Catrina.
Sam made an incredible film about reconnecting to her language called Our Land
2007 Bella Coola
Elder Ts’inni Steven Brown, with the help of Lisa White, Jordon Seward, he meticulously translated and narrated all 6 pieces and even starred in two of the films!
One of these films is The Power of the Haida People
2009 Haida Gwaii BC
Maddy films super 8 up on Crow Mountain at 3pm.
This year a 24 minute film was created called
It was a conceptual project where each hour was represented in one minute.
2014 Old Crow Yukon
Mary Jane bucket processes her super 8 film.
Mary Jane filmed and edited 1am, 5pm and midnight, Sophia filmed and edited 10am for The Sound We See: An Old Crow Village Symphony.
Sophia and Mary Jane are cultural leaders in their community.
Mary Jane has made 4 films with Old Crow (and many more on her own) and also works as a mentor.
2014 Old Crow Yukon
Our World always has a celebration screening in the community where we share food, screen the films and give gifts.
Also pictured are the mentors lisa g, Tracy Sebnem and Odessa.
2015 Tsulquate BC
Pikangikum Ontario 2019 (a wonderfully queer positive community!)
Nadine Arpin (Sioux Lookout) and lisa g (vancouver) mentoring Randy Dunsford .
Randy’s first film Damage Turns to Hope got thousands of views!
2021 Pikangikum/Sioux Lookout/Vancouver
Reel 2 Real & Our World have been working with the community of Tk’emlúps (Kamloops) to make a southern hub to serve Indigenous creatives in BC.
2021-present Tk’emlúps, BC
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