The Stories We Share
Documentary Short, United States, 2017, 38 min, Color, Student Project (Michigan State University )
Audience Choice Award - Best Documentary Short
About the Film
With seven perspectives, all from the Ojibwe community, weʼre given a look at the struggles faced in reclaiming indigenous languages, and how storytelling can aid in the recovering of cultural practices that have been lost as a result of colonization and the continued losses emphasized by globalization.
Great Lakes connection:
The director was born and raised in MI. Almost all of the subjects were also born and raised in MI (many from the Sault).
Cast & Crew:
Director: Kaitlin Lenhard
Producer(s): Kaitlin Lenhard
A member of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians and a recent graduate of Michigan State University, Kaitlin makes her directorial debut with "The Stories We Share".
Knowing that translations between languages leaves something to be desired, I am interested in the ways that the act of translation effects traditional storytelling practices within indigenous communities. This film was an exploration of that idea, but also of the ways in which film itself can work to heal the fractures caused by forced language removal and denial.
Sunday, September 17, 1:00pm
In the Native American Voices shorts program
Country of Origin: United States
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