(DOC Short 37 min/2017) An observation of Cree artist Lana Whiskeyjack as she works to complete a mixed-media sculpture of a tortured face, the face of her uncle. Lana calls the piece "Lost My Talk". This brief study of an artist and her work helps us come to some understanding of the trauma experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people in the Indian Residential School system, of its enduring effects on the children of survivors of the IRS, and of one woman’s journey to recover what was lost: dignity, identity, and voice. A story of resilience, Lana’s journey speaks of the power of Indigenous “ways of being” in our time.
FESTIVAL SCREENINGS: FAVA FEST 2017 (Edmonton, AB, CDN); Female Eye Film Fest 2017 (Toronto, ON, CDN) Nominee: Best Doc Short; South Coast Jazz Festival 2017 (Port Dover, ON, CAN); United Nations Association Film Fest 2017 (Stanford, CA, USA); Marda Loop Justice Film Fest 2018 (Calgary, AB, Canada); Yellowknife International Film Fest 2018 (Yellowknife, NWT, CAN)
CONFERENCE & COMMUNITY SCREENINGS: Cinema Politica (Montreal, QC): Indigenous Thought Conference 2017 @ Blue Quills First Nations University (St. Paul, AB, CAN); HIMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES CONGRESS 2018 (Regina, SK, CAN); North American Interfaith Network Conference 2018 (Edmonton, AB, CAN); National Aboriginal Day Conference 2018 (Red Deer, AB, CAN); Parliament of the World's Religions Conference 2018 (Toronto, ON, CAN)
Part of the Pan-Canadian 2017-2019 touring Art and Film Installation pîkiskwe-speak: An Invitation to Conversations in Reconciliation, a collaborative project with Indigenous artist Lana Whiskeyjack funded by the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts NEW CHAPTER Initiative in commemoration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
Documentaries produced & directed by Beth Wishart MacKenzie:
Gently Whispering the Circle Back: vimeo.com/71825389
Brothers in the Buddha: vimeo.com/101263672
Lana Gets Her Talk: vimeo.com/235087959
From a Light Within: vimeo.com/365691550