AH-HOS-TEEND - "Retired" • Directed by Shonie Delarosa, Chris Kientz • Live Short • 20 minutes • USA
Where do the spirits go when they are no longer remembered? And who shepherds them back home? “Retired” is a short film that employs the conceit of a world where gods still live among men to explore questions of individual belief and cultural identity.
The Road Forward • Directed by Marie Clements • 1 hour 44 minutes • Canada
The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.
Clements paints an electrifying picture of how a tiny movement, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, became a powerful voice for social, political and legal advocacy, eventually effecting profound change at the national level. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats.
The Road Forward is a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.