Panel "Which Indigenous Cinema? A discussion with three generations of women."

From 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Presented by the Indigenous Network for Aboriginal Audio-Visual Creation (INAAC), this panel will host three generations of Indigenous women and INAAC members, as well as a Film and Media Studies assistant professor specializing in Politics and Aesthetics of the Image. They will discuss their motivations, the issues female Indigenous filmmakers face and the tools they can use to give a voice and shine a spotlight on the current reality of Indigenous women from here and abroad.

INAAC is an international alliance of Indigenous multimedia co-creation and distribution that contributes to social change and to the empowerment of its members through the co-creation of films sharing common themes.


  • - Jeannette Paillan, documentary filmmaker and FICWALLMAPU director - Chili
  • - Kim O'Bomsawin, filmmaker - Canada , 
  • - Jemmy Echaquan Dubé, filmmaker-editor - Canada
  • - Karine Bertrand, Film and Media Studies assistant professor, Queen’s University

Moderator: Claire Gray, Université Queen’s

About our panel

Jeannette Paillan

Jeannette Paillan

Documentariste Jeanette Paillán is a documentary filmmaker of Mapuche origin. She started using video to witness the violence against her people in the communities of south Chili. Paillán studied filmmaking at La Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, and received a degree in social communication from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago.  She was cofounder and president of CLACPI an organization dedicated to the creation, development and dissemination of the indigenous cinema in Latin America. She is curently acting as director of the FICWALLMAPU an international festival of indigenous films and videos.

Kim O’Bomsawin

Kim O'Bomsawin

Kim O'Bomsawin is of abenaki origin. she completed a master in sociology prior to starting her career as a documentary filmmaker. The motivation behind her work is to help people discover the world of First Nations while putting forward positive stories. She collaborated to the development of several documentary series – La Cité (APTN), Je ne veux pas mourir (APTN/ Canal D), Le rythme des Nations (APTN) either as a documentary filmmaker or as an assistant director. She made her first documentary La Ligne rouge (APTN, Canal D) which she also wrote. Her latest film Ce silence qui tue which won several awards, documents the tragedy of the missing and murdered women.


Jemmy Echaquan-Dubé

Jemmy Echaquan Dubé is Atikamekw and she was born on March 25, 1993 in Joliette, Québec. She studied Visual Arts at the Cégep de Trois-Rivières She is now a professional film editor and has worked on many corporate videos for various organisations. She also gives introduction to First Nations workshops to non-Indigenous people. Her two visits to the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2017 and 2018 inspired her to mobilize other Indigenous youth to become leaders and to understand their rights. She is currently doing a one-year internship at the National Film Board working for various departments.


Karine Bertrand

Karine Bertrand is a Métis scholar and an assistant professor in the Film and Media department of Queen’s University. She is co-director of the research group AEPI (Aesthetics and Politics of the Image) based at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests are centered around Indigenous film and media, Quebec cinema, road movies and oral practices of cinema. Her latest publications include a book chapter on film reception in Inuit communities (Dialogues avec le cinéma, Nota bene, 2016) an article on African and Indigenous cultural memory (Ciném’Action, June 2017) and an article on Arnait Video Productions (Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, March 2017). She is presently working on a project involving the creation of an international network for Indigenous women filmmakers. 




Claire Gray

Claire Gray is a graduate student in Film Studies at Concordia University. For her thesis, she is studying national and gender identity in Quebecois and Indigenous teenagers in coming-of-age films. She is also a research assistant for Karine Bertrand, assisting her in creating a database of Indigenous filmmakers, and helping with online course development. She has previously moderated panels dealing with topics from contemporary Indigenous filmmaking to sexual assault. In the future, she strives to become an academic.


Wednesday, August 15 2018 - 4:00 pm
Grande Bibliothèque