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Another word for learning

Synopsis

In this inspiring story of cultural resilience and family bonds, Aisha, an Indigenous girl living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, navigates the pressures of conforming to a colonial education systems. Her personal desires and cultural heritage compel her to learn outside of imposed state structures.
Clever, creative and fierce, the Kwakwaka’wakw girl pulls no punches as she critiques the colonial institutions that seek to fit her into a box she finds un-relatable and unjust at the core. Supported by her community leader and residential school survivor mother Gunargie, Aisha has ambitions to explore other alternative modes of learning while asserting her Indigenous sense of identity and knowledge.
Another Word For Learning is at once a thoughtful portrayal of a compellingly outspoken young protagonist and her relationship to her mother, and also a film that offers a nuanced, yet critical view of one of Canada’s principle colonial institutions, where so many learn precisely what it means to be “Canadian”.

A feature-length documentary
73 min. 16:9 HD
5.1 / Stereo Mix

Release date:
Fall 2019

Another word for learning

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Team

Creative

Jadis Mariette Dumas

Jadis Mariette Dumas

Director, Writer, Producer

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. She is passionate about producing honest and beautiful storytelling through film which inspires social justice engagement.

Amy Miller

Amy Miller

Lead Producer

Amy Miller is a Montreal-based, award-winning filmmaker whose films have been screened at more than eighty festivals around the world. She is a media maker and social justice organizer, and remains dedicated to developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and aiding grassroots campaigns for justice.

Kaayla Whachell

Kaayla Whachell

Cinematographer

Kaayla Whachell is a cinematographer/director currently based in Vancouver BC. Her films have been shown in Vancouver and Los Angeles. She completed her BFA in Film Production at the University of British Columbia. Her cinematography has been featured in Rolling Stones, Paper Mag, Tiff Bell Fashion Festival, and Fader magazine.

Farhad Ghaderi

Farhad Ghaderi

Cinematographer

Farhad Ghaderi is a Mexican-Iranian cinematographer and director passionate about conveying raw emotion in his work.

Nicolas Renaud

Nicolas Renaud

Editor

Nicolas Renaud is a Wendat filmmaker and editor based in Montréal. He has made experimental films, installations and documentary work for the past 20 years. He won the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award for best 1st feature at Hot Docs 2013 (for Brave New River). He also contributes to the programming of Indigenous cinema at the Montreal First Peoples Festival and is a part-time teacher in Fine Arts at Concordia University.

Boban Chaldovich

Boban Chaldovich

Editor

Boban Chaldovich is a filmmaker, video editor and graphic animator working on social, economic and climate justice documentaries and videos. His work has been shown at numerous international film festivals, community events and television stations across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Pirouz Nemati

Pirouz Nemati

Editor

Born in Iran in 1987, Pirouz Nemati is a Montreal-based artist and filmmaker working in experimental and documentary film, photography and installation. He studied photography and media arts at Emily Carr University (Vancouver), and Film Production at Concordia University (Montreal). Inspired by various traditions of documentary cinema, his work is a meditation on the relationship between identity, transculturation, memory and reality. His work has been displayed in galleries and cinemas in Canada, the US, and Iran.

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Another Word for Learning

Cinema Politica Productions

5333 Casgrain Ave, Suite 1101

Montreal, QC H2T 1X3

(514) 812 6817 Amy Miller / (514) 531 5593 Jadis Dumas

production@cinemapolitica.org