Indigenous film festival returns for winter 2022

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The success of the first Indigenous Film Festival brings UNBSJ the event again, running from January 25 to March 24.

(Miriam Jones/ENGL 3611)

Once again, the festival will be hosted by the Lorenzo Society, the UNB-SRC, Eastern Circle Saint John, and UNB Saint John. There will be no charge to attend the films. However, freewill offerings are accepted and all of them will go to Eastern Circle educational programs.

Although the films were scheduled to be played on campus and the Saint John Free Main Public Library, this is likely to change due to Level 3 restrictions.

The films

The first film of the event is “Tia and Piujuq”. Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, the screening has been postponed until further notice. The film is directed by Lucy Tulugarjuk and tells the story of the friendship between a 10-year-old refugee from Syria and an Inuk girl.

“Beans” is currently scheduled for February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre. It is also scheduled to play on February 24 at 6 p.m. at the Saint John Free Main Public Library.

“Beans,” directed by Tracey Deer, focuses on the story of Beans and her growth during the Oka Crisis.

The last film of the festival is “Rustic Oracle,” directed by Sonia Boileau. The screening will be on March 22 on campus, at Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre, and March 24, at the Saint John Free Main Public Library.

The film is about a daughter and mother going through a difficult journey to find Heather, the older daughter, who disappeared from their Mohawk community.


For more information, contact the Lorenzo Society at or call (506) 648-5782.