Critical Writing Index

Indigenous women in film and video: Three generations of storytellers and an interview with emerging fimmaker Sally Kewayosh

by Jennifer A Machiorlatti

Post Script- Essays in Film and the Humanities, Summer 2010, v. 29, no. 3, pp. 13-26

Machiorlatti provides an overview of the rise of Native American cinema in the 1970s. From this there emerged a cadre of Native and First Nations women, the founders of indigenous cinema whose groundbreaking work in the late 1960s enabled a second generation of women to move into formal institutional realms of filmmaking in the 1980s and 1990s, and then a third group whose work is just now being recognized, in the 2000s, in a number of film festivals, television, and webcasts venues. Machiorlatti discusses the key names from each generation. She concludes with an interview with Sally Kewayosh, a third generation filmmaker whose first video, "Smoke Break" (2005), is a bittersweet, often humorous, exploration of the "Native" as an object of tourism. The interview underscores some of the themes and issues relevant to Kewayosh's

work, and to an emerging third generation of indigenous filmmakers to tell stories with native people and not perpetuate stereotypes of the past.

ITEM 2010.115 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Smoke Break(2005)Sally Kewayosh