Portraits from a Fire, 2021 (Photon Films; English and Chilcotin with English subtitles; 92 min.)
This award-winning, beautifully layered Indigenous film follows Tyler, a lonely teenager who spends his days filmmaking, vlogging his Indigenous Tsilhqotʼin community, and hanging out with his grandparents. His father is physically present but remains emotionally absent from Tyler’s life for reasons Tyler cannot understand; that is, until he meets Aaron—a mysterious, charismatic, and influential figure who encourages Tyler to showcase his most personal film about his mother’s disappearance to the community. This leads to a reckoning between past and future, life and death, and father and son.
Free admission, This event is open to the public and will be followed by a presentation and discussion with the filmmaker & director Trevor Mack (Tsilhqot'in).
The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 1:30pm.