Children tend to blame themselves for their parents' unhappiness. In a moving personal essay, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers examines her complex relationship to her Sámi father, starting with the story of how he met her Blackfoot mother and how this blissful transatlantic romance was affected by his silent suffering. His estrangement had roots she could not grasp, painful wounds shared by many Sámi of his generation. The visual style mixes colorful animation with realism, capturing the essence of each stage in the story.
Canada / Norway 2014
English, Northern Sámi
Documentary form14 min · Colour
Filmmaker, writer, and actor. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of British Columbia in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and is an alumnus of Talents. Her short documentary, Bihttoš (Rebel), won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. She is Blackfoot from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) as well as Sámi from northern Norway.Filmography
2014 Bihttoš (Rebel)
Violator Films IncVancouver, Canada
Moving Images DistributionVancouver, Canada