A Paddle and A Compass

Shani Mootoo and Wendy Oberlander

1992, 09:10 minutes, colour, English


This collaborative video shot at a glacial lake in the Rocky Mountains, features a "dialogue" between two women friends who explore their relationship to the natural environment as influenced by their different cultural backgrounds. Through the layering of meditative images of canoeing, this video evokes a subtle examination of race, gender and privilege: how do we enter into this landscape, as residents, immigrants tourists and adventurers.

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