Screening as part of the Independent Visions mispon curatorial mentorship screening in partnership with the Dunlop Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative.
Canada, 2015, 13 mins.
Director: Gail Maurice
Assini and her friends love to play Cowboys & Indians – but nobody wants to be the Indian. When Assini learns that she’s an Indian, her world changes forever.
Assini follows this struggle towards self-awareness and self-acceptance. It’s a tale that follows the conflicts and inner battles of learning to like and accept who you are.
Gail Maurice is an Actor and Independent Filmmaker. She grew up in a Métis village in Northern Saskatchewan. She speaks her language Cree/Michif fluently.
Gail is passionate about telling Indigenous stories both in front and behind the camera. She’s currently working on a feature documentary about her 101 year old grandmother, titled “Nokum, the world through my grandmother’s 100 year old eyes”. She plans on incorporating animation with live-action to bring her grandmother’s stories to life. She also hopes to shoot her feature film, “Blood Lines” soon. Her short film, ASSINI, recently had its world premiere at the ImagineNative film and media arts festival, expect to see it in the festival circuit.