What is the connection of these disappearances to our invisibility in American film and television? Most meaningful are a romance with a young schoolteacher (Ajuawak Kapashesit) and a friendship with an ailing trailer dweller (John Ashton). While the Glorias-on-a-bus scenes don’t fare brilliantly, fanciful sequences, which also include a witchy “Wizard of Oz”-inspired fantasy, are welcome and intriguing in a 139-minute movie that can feel over-plotted in a connect-the-dots way. The focus here is on the lingering effects of trauma, the adult Saul’s battle with alcoholism, and the lifelong disparagement he experiences as a Native, even in the rink. Toronto Star articles, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. Cast: Kenadi Delacerna, Tatanka Means, Josephine Decker, Coburn Goss, Sam Straley, Ajuawak Kapashesit, John Ashton, Kenn E Head, Lindsay Pulsipher Screenwriter: Haroula Rose Novel: Bonnie Jo Campbell Producers: Haroula Rose, JJ Ingram. Most meaningful are a romance with a young schoolteacher (Ajuawak Kapashesit) and a friendship with an ailing trailer dweller (John Ashton). "We're looking for this work; there's an audience for this work. ", Wente hopes the office will be similar to Screen Australia's Indigenous department and create projects in an authentic way "that has a deeply involved community and nurtures Indigenous talent to grow as filmmakers to where they're at a really high level of production and skill.". "The success of 'Thor: Ragnarok,' that's been such a profound thing and I think there's a lot of excitement and momentum to see what happens with his career and where he goes to next," says Ryle. Fifty years after starting her distinguished career amid major funding roadblocks, the Quebec-raised 85-year-old is elated to see Indigenous filmmaking finally at an "exciting" place heading into 2018, with new initiatives including an Indigenous Screen Office in Canada. Gloria comes across as virtually flawless, and that’s not compelling. And it's not just traditional community-based, issues-driven stories being created. Venue: Lumiere Music Hall  | Ticketed event. Accessible filmmaking tools like smartphones, and streaming services like Netflix, are also democratizing the system. He goes into the house angry and yells at Rose asking if she has been taking from him. Such stories are being told in many different forms -- from short films to fiction features and virtual reality -- and in a variety of languages and genres. ", Wente and Ryle also point to Taika Waititi, the Indigenous filmmaker from New Zealand behind the 2017 superhero hit "Thor: Ragnarok.". Women of the White Buffalo   | February 5th | 7:00pm Q & A with Director Deborah Anderson … *On the Red is Green Carpet* start at 6pm. "We've never been in this position before. ", Wente and Ryle also point to Taika Waititi, the Indigenous filmmaker from New Zealand behind the 2017 superhero hit "Thor: Ragnarok.". "It's exciting to see all these new opportunities arise and then movies like this that put native people first," says Ojibwe "Indian Horse" star Ajuawak Kapashesit, who was born in Moose Factory, Ont. TORONTO - Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin never thought she would see this in her lifetime. Four actresses portray Steinem, at different ages. Wente says some filmmakers are looking to futuristic and fantasy stories. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another. "I think that's a huge, huge step forward for Canada and something that's been needed, and something that's been advocated for, for many years," says Jesse Wente, Toronto-based Indigenous activist and film critic who recently curated the CBC Arts series "Keep Calm And Decolonize. In black-and-white passages that illustrate Taymor’s imaginative bent, the four Glorias periodically appear together in a bus and reflect on experiences that have shaped their combined self.