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December 6, 2016
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Laurier free film series presents Tracking Shots

Jan 3/14| For Immediate Release


Russell Kilbourn, Associate Professor
Department of English and Film Studies
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Lori Chalmers Morrison, Acting Director
Communications & Public Affairs
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WATERLOO – The Laurier free film series presents “Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema.” The six-part series is open to the community and begins Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room 201, on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.

The series will kick off with Crooked Arrows, a well-known sports movie and family film.

The series is presented by Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the WLU Film Society, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Department of Religion and Culture. Each film in the series will be introduced by a Laurier faculty member, student or special guest.

“The Aboriginal film series is an unprecedented collaboration among several different campus groups,” said Russell Kilbourn, associate professor and film studies coordinator. “The films themselves are an eclectic mix of art and commercial film, documentary and biopic – together representing the variety of cinematic perspectives on Aboriginal issues and identities.”

“Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives seeks not only to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for Aboriginal students, but it also seeks to provide all Laurier students with opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada by providing Aboriginal education,” said Jean Becker, senior advisor: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. “This film series furthers this education by reflecting the place of Indigenous peoples in the history and landscape of our country.”

All films in the series are free and take place at 7 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room 201. They include:

Jan. 10: PhD candidate Allan Downey presents Crooked Arrows (USA 2012, Steve Rash)

Jan. 24: Assistant Professor Jenny Kerber presents Frozen River (USA 2008, Courtney Hunt)

Feb. 7: Aboriginal Services Manager, Conestoga College, Myeengun Henry presents Elijah (Canada 2007, Paul Unwin)

Feb. 28: Assistant Professor Erich Fox Tree presents Land of Oil and Water (Canada 2009, Warren Cariou and Neil McArthur) and Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (Canada 2010, Zacharias Kunuk)

March 14: Associate Professor Russell Kilbourn presents The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Canada 2010, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn)

March 28: Students from Laurier’s Aboriginal Student Centre present More than Frybread (USA 2011, Travis Holt Hamilton)


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