Montreal International Documentary Festival

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RIDM 21 Nov. - 01 Dec. 2024

Sky Hopinka: Redefining Potential Territories

A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a descendant of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Sky Hopinka has been developing a multidisciplinary artistic practice for the past decade. As a musician, poet, filmmaker, and visual artist, he explores these art forms’ many possibilities through a personal approach. The cinematic works featured in this retrospective carry significant poetic and political weight. They offer rich reflections on language – the embodiment of culture and the means through which it is transmitted – as well as on the land and its colonial dispossession.

As an experimental filmmaker, Sky Hopinka explores both analogue and digital media, and often works with archival footage. His bold aesthetics and narrative choices navigate a tension between reality and abstraction, and skillfully invoke a sense of memory that’s both personal and shared. His use of music, a recurring element in his films, also manages to express a sentiment or statement that might otherwise remain buried in the space between images and words. His works’ poetic titles cleverly steer our reading of them, either underscoring the themes being addressed or conveying their underlying tone and atmosphere.

This retrospective is co-presented by VISIONS, a monthly screening series of art films and moving images.

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November 22nd to 25th, 2023 Sky Hopinka: Redefining potential territories

Sky Hopinka Installation : The Island Weights

This two-channel film by artist Sky Hopinka is based on the tale of the four water spirits known as Island Weights. In the creation story of Ho-Chunk,...

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