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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.
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Storytellers in Motion S1E08 Doug Cuthand
“Mr. Tapwe: Doug Cuthand” Series 1 Episode 8
Doug Cuthand believes that the land nurtures the arts in Saskatchewan, a belief reflected in his films and writings. This documentary explores Cuthand's literary and documentary work, from his determination to take on tough issues in his column for the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix to his love of getting his boots dirty at the Indian National Finals Rodeo. He believes in conveying the truth, both in his choice of stories and in the manner in which he tells them. Cuthand became a storyteller through hearing stories from his parents, who were both teachers, and from the community. His father was also an historian who inspired him to pursue journalism. As an award-winning producer, writer, director and journalist, Doug Cuthand is known for his weekly column titled “Tapwe”, or truth in the Cree language. His first book, “Tapwe”, a collection of his columns, was nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2006. Another book, “Askiwina: a Cree World”, was released in April 2007.
Over three seasons, “Storytellers in Motion”, introduces a number of Canada's Indigenous storytellers. Sharing excerpts from their films, these storytellers comment on their work and explore their creative voices.
Produced by: Jeff Bear, Marianne Jones, Urban Rez Productions