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International Day of Indigenous People


International Day of Indigenous People highlights and celebrates the stories and cultures of the world’s first Indigenous people. To take part in the celebrations Riverside is screening two films – one Candaian and the other Australian.


Fire Song from Canada
9 August at 5pm


Winner – Jim Burt Screenwriting Prize – World Premiere at TIFF 2015
Winner – Air Canada Audience Choice Award from 16th Annual ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Winner – Best Feature Narrative from 17th Annual Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival

One of the first films by a First Nations director to deal with two-spirited people, the thoughtful and moving debut feature by Adam Garnet Jones focuses on a young Anishinaabe man who is forced to choose between staying in his community or exploring the expanded possibilities of the world outside.

Zach’s Ceremony from Australia
9 August at 7:30pm

Winner 2016 Sydney Film Festival Audience Awards for Best Documentary

Growing up isn’t easy, especially for Zach who is rapidly making the transition from boyhood to manhood, in both the modern world and his ancient culture. Pressures from his loving, but staunch father, the temptations of city life and the ever present spectre of racism all take their toll. Ultimately Zach must embrace the traditions and knowledge of his ancestors and awaken the warrior within.

Book now to see these remarkable films on Riverside Theatres big screen!


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