Moving Images Distribution is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded and occupied territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations - commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Our roots lie within the independent film and video community. During the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994. Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.
(2019, 20 minutes)
Homecoming Song tells the story of the ancient song that Angela Sidney sang for her son Pete when he returned home after being away at war for six years. This poetic documentary combines historical footage, live action and animation to tell parallel stories from the Yukon about two Indigenous men who were away a long time before returning home. Pete Sidney, an Indigenous soldier who fought in the Second World War, was gone for six years. When he finally returned, his mother Angela sang an ancient song that tells the story of Tlingit hunter Kaax'achgook of the Kiks.adi clan in Southeast Alaska. Kaax'achgook was lost at sea for many months as he relied on the sun's position to navigate home. Angela Sidney sang this ancient song to celebrate the return of her son from the war.
Director: Daniel Janke
Producers: Ida Calmegane, Daniel Janke