Guided expertly by those who live on the land and driven by the pulse of the natural world, Mobilize takes us on an exhilarating journey from the far north to the urban south. Over every landscape, in all conditions, everyday life flows with strength, skill and extreme competence. Hands swiftly thread sinew through snowshoes. Axes expertly peel birch bark to make a canoe. A master paddler navigates icy white waters. In the city, Mohawk ironworkers stroll across steel girders, almost touching the sky, and a young woman asserts her place among the towers. The fearless polar punk rhythms of Tanya Tagaq’s Uja underscore the perpetual negotiation between the modern and traditional by a people always moving forward.
Mobilize is part of Souvenir, a four-film series commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada to address Aboriginal identity and representation by reworking material in the NFB’s archives.
Directed by Caroline Monnet
Written bt Tanya Tagaq Gillis, Jesse Zubot, Jean Martin & Michael Edwards
Produced by Anita Lee
Exhibition view at Arsenal Contemporary NY, 2017
2017 - best experimental work at RVCQ
2016 - Golden Sheaf Award for best experimental film - Yorkton Film Festival
Arsenal Contemporary NY, Tampere Film Festival, Sundance.