Local Sightings 2020 – Another Word for Learning w/ Dzunuḵ̓wa [Online]

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Sep. 18–27, 2020

Zoom Q&A w/ Filmmakers*
Sep. 21 at 5:45pm PDT - Dzunuḵ̓wa
Sep. 22 at 1:00pm PDT - Another Word For Learning


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Jadis M. Dumas
1h 12m


Another Word for Learning is a unique documentary about the freedom to choose one’s own education, even if that means leaving the school system altogether. Following a mother and daughter’s intimate journey of (re)discovering their connection to their culture while living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, we see what repercussions Aisha’s educational choices will have on her family and community. Ultimately Another Word demonstrates how the decision to self-direct one’s education can pave a way to broader decolonization.
In a world where school diplomas are supposed to offer access to the next rung on the social and economic ladder, can those who don’t fit into the dominant public school model still survive – and thrive?
*All ticketholders will receive access to Zoom Q&As with:
Another Word for Learning – Jadis M. Dumas (Director), Aisha O’Sullivan (Film Subject)
Dzunuḵ̓wa – Ritchie Hemphill (Director)

About the filmmaker:

Jadis Mariette Dumas is a multidisciplinary artist working for over seven years as an independent filmmaker and editor, specializing in documentary and video art. Primarily self-taught, she also completed Capilano University’s Documentary Film Programme. Since then she has been a videographer and editor on various films being shown through international festivals, and is excited to be sharing her first feature film on decolonizing education, premiering at Montréal’s RIDM this year. She is passionate about producing honest and beautiful storytelling through film which inspires social justice engagement.

Screens with: Dzunuḵ̓wa

A young boy bonds with his grandmother as she tells him the traditional legend of the Dzunuḵ̓wa.

(Ritchie Hemphill & Ryan Hache, Victoria, BC, 2019, 6 min)

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Local Sightings Film Festival 2020 [Online]

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 23rd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival [Online] virtually showcases creative communities from throughout the Pacific Northwest. The 2020 program, which runs from September 18-27, features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Local Sightings 2020 champions emerging and established talent, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement. This year’s festival also celebrates NWFF’s 25th Anniversary as an organization.


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