Empire of Dirt: Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker and Star Jennifer Podemski
Shecosystem is proud to present Empire of Dirt, a Canadian dramatic film featuring three generations of First Nations women as they struggle to deal with the demons of their past. The film stars Cara Gee as Lena, a young single First Nations mother struggling to bridge the generation gap with her daughter Peeka (Shay Eyre) and her mother Minerva (Jennifer Podemski).
Join us for a screening and an intimate conversation with Jennifer Podemski about the legacy of colonization and the intergenerational impact of residential schools.
Jennifer Podemski is a mixed Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi filmmaker, producer, and actor born and raised in Toronto. One of her many accomplishments includes her film Empire of Dirt, which she produced and stars in. The acclaimed film was nominated for 5 Canadian Screen Awards in 2015 taking home Best Screenplay for writer Shannon Masters.
Proceeds from this event support Onaman Collective
Onaman Collective has donated five fine art posters to be raffled at the event.
Pronounced ah-nah-mun, the Onaman Collective was formed in November of 2014 by Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt, and Erin Konsmo, three Indigenous artists. They are a community based social arts and justice organization, interested in helping Indigenous communities, particularly youth, with reclaiming the richness and vibrancy of their heritage including traditional arts, but with a contemporary spin. The collective combines land-based contemporary art creation with traditional arts, anishinaabemowin immersion, and Elders and traditional knowledge and land-based practices. They believe the arts are the most powerful medium to create positive social change within our communities for the future.
They care deeply about the youth and the future of our communities, each of them in their own way has been using their art for social change. They formed the collective for the express purpose of finding ways to converge land-based art creation with traditional knowledge, youth, Elders and Anishnaabemowin and Cree languages. Learn more at onamancollective.com