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NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema



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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.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Canada / Norway 2014

English, Northern Sámi

Documentary form
14 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Director of Photography
Oliver Millar
Bridget Durnford
Jordan Wilson, Chad Neufeld
Sound Design
David Green
Production Design
Caitlin Byrnes, Harry Brar
Jasmin Nyack
Kara Eide
Production Manager
Laura Good
Executive Producers
Danis Goulet, Lori Lozinski
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Laura Good


Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

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.


2014 Bihttoš (Rebel)

Produced by

Violator Films Inc
Vancouver, Canada

World sales

Moving Images Distribution
Vancouver, Canada