Lana Gets Her Talk documentary

Dreamspeakers and the Reconciliation in Focus film series at Metro Cinema are pleased to present Beth Wishart MacKenzie’s documentary short Lana Gets Her Talk.

Lana Gets Her Talk (DOC/37min) observes Indigenous artist Lana Whiskeyjack as she works to complete a mixed-media sculpture of a tortured face, the face of her uncle. Lana calls the piece Losing My Talk. This brief study of an artist and her work is a creative medium through which we can come to some understanding of the trauma experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people in the Indian Residential School system (IRS), of its enduring effects on the children of survivors of the IRS, and of one woman’s journey to recover what was lost: dignity, identity, and voice. A story of resilience, Lana’s journey speaks of the power of Indigenous “ways of being” in our time.

The evening includes an exciting array of film, discussion, and musical performances:

– Screening of Lana Gets Her Talk by Beth Wishart MacKenzie followed by a Q&A with doc subject Lana Whiskeyjack and the director.
– Metro Cinema Gallery exhibit of selected works by mixed-media artist Lana Whiskeyjack;
– Musical performances by Amanda Lamothe & ASANI;
– Reception with Tea & Bannock after the screening!

This special event will officially launch “pîkiskwe-speak”, a cross-country touring art and film installation featuring Losing My Talk by Lana Whiskeyjack & Lana Gets Her Talk by Beth Wishart MacKenzie. The pîkiskwe-speak Tour is made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Initiative.

* FREE ADMISSION for Indigenous students, Elders, and community members! To put your name on the guest list-email Katherine Meloche at

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Metro Cinema’s website:

(Photograph: “I love you very much by Lana Whiskeyjack, 2014)

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