Mother’s Day Films from the National Film Board
Join us for some short films from the National Film Board. These films will be screened on a repeating loop in the 100 Years of Saskatchewan History theatre.
Stories are in Our Bones, Janine Windolph, 11 minutes
In this layered short film, filmmaker Janine Windolph takes her young sons fishing with their kokum (grandmother), a residential school survivor who retains a deep knowledge and memory of the land. The act of reconnecting with their homeland is a cultural and familial healing journey for the boys, who are growing up in the city. It’s also a powerful form of resistance for the women.
In the Garden on the Farm, Kristin Catherwood, 8 minutes
As social-distancing measures set in during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristin Catherwood moved back to her family’s farm to stay with her widowed father. Spring brings the usual urgency to plant the year’s crops, and Kristin starts thinking about planting her vegetable garden—a garden that brings deep memories of her mother and grandmothers. Part of THE CURVE, a collection of social distancing stories that bring us together.
Great Grandmother, Anne Wheeler and Lorna Rasmussen, 28 minutes
This short film is an ode to the women who settled the Prairies, from the days of early immigration to 1916 – when Manitobans became the first women in Canada to receive the provincial vote – and beyond. Recollections of women are complemented by a series of quotations drawn from letters, diaries, and newspapers of the day, which are spoken over re-enacted scenes and archival photographs.
At Home with Mrs. Hen, Tali, 7 minutes
This animated short is a comical tale that pokes fun at motherhood. It depicts the temper tantrums of a child and the efforts a mother makes to set her son on the right path. You don’t need to be a chicken to relate.
Freaks of Nurture, Alexandra Lemay, 6 minutes
An animated short about a neurotic mother-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own unorthodox upbringing with her single-parent mom, who is also a foster parent and dog breeder. Self-deprecating and bursting with energy, the film reveals that no matter how grown-up we think we are, we never quite stop craving the love and support of a parent.
Free with Museum admission
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