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Nine films to be screened as part of inaugural Indigenous film festival

The Kamloops Film Society has partnered with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to bring Canadian Indigenous films to the Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre, located in downtown Kamloops at 503 Victoria St.

In partnership with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the Kamloops Film Society is set to hold its first ever Indigenous film festival in September.

The festival will bring nine Canadian Indigenous feature films to the screens of the Paramount Theatre from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3.

Kamloops Film Society executive director Dusan Magdolen said the organization has been a priority since the group took over the Paramount Theatre in 2019.

"Our intention has been to use the success of our annual March Kamloops Film Festival to launch micro festivals featuring specific content aimed at various demographic groups," Magdolen said.

The film festival bears a Secwépemc name — Stseptékwles re Sk’elép — which translates to Coyote Stories.

Tḱemlúps Kukpi7 (chief) Rosanne Casimir said she's excited the film society has committed to the event.

"These are the kinds of actionable and enjoyable steps towards reconciliation that we want to encourage," Casimir said.

Up first on the film docket will be DƏNE YI’INJETL The Scattering of Man, a 75-minute documentary by Luke Gleeson on how the W.A.C. Bennett Dam drastically changed the territory of the Tsay Keh Dene First Nation in 1968.

Sci-fi action flick Slash/Back will follow on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m., telling an alien invasion story in a remote Arctic community.

Beans will also play on Friday, at 6:30 p.m. The drama follows 12-year-old Beans, who is torn between her innocent childhood and reckless adolescence, forced to grow up fast in the face of the Oka crisis of 1990.

Later Friday night, horror film Blood Quantum is set to scare at 8:30 p.m. as the dead return to life outside the Mi'kmaq reserve of Red Crow.

Wildhood is a story of discovery — of sexuality and heritage — that follows two brothers fleeing their abusive father. Showtime is 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The festival's final afternoon will also feature Returning Home, a documentary by Sean Stiller that weaves together narratives concerning residential school survivors and Indigenous peoples' relationship with wild Pacific salmon. Showtime is 1:30 p.m.

Catch comedy Portraits From a Fire at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The film follows a teen who spends his time recording and vlogging his Indigenous community and hanging out with his grandparents before being pushed to display his work.

The festival's penultimate film will be Scarborough, screened at 4:30 p.m. The drama follows three kids in a low-income neighbourhood who find friendship and community in an unlikely way.

Run Woman Run will finish off the festival. The comedy/drama by writer/director Zoe Leigh Hopkins tells the story of Beck, a single mom working to turn her life around and become an honour runner.

For information on additional events and tickets, including a closing party which will feature Indigenous comedian Sasha Mark, go online to