Video

Choke

Michelle Latimer

2010, 05:31 minutes, colour, No dialogue, Closed Captions

TAPECODE 981.01

First Nation’s graffiti artist, Jimmy Linklater, leaves his northern home for the opportunities of the city. However, once there, he quickly realizes that the urban life is not what he’d imagined. In his quest for a better future, he meets a homeless man who sells art on the sidewalk. This encounter reminds him of the stark fate that befalls many First Nations people living within urban centres. As he wanders the streets of lost souls, he is reminded of all that he’s left behind. Amidst the menacing shadows of a concrete jungle, Jimmy attempts to hang onto the only thing he knows and, literally, paints himself another existence. Inspired by the late, contemporary, First Nation’s artist Kyle Morrisseau, Choke uses stop-motion animation to explore themes of urban isolation and the individual search for identity within modern society. (Animated by Terril Calder)

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