Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett, MIA, 2015, 8:07 min.
MIA is the story of a young woman’s struggle to return home through polluted land and water. The work is a hybrid documentary using animation and sound to tell a story of transformation and reconnection. The film challenges ideas of conventional documentaries and presents Indigenous oral traditions as truth and not myth. The story of MIA follows the Wuikinuxv oral story, of Xa’Pkvas Wisem Mia’x’it, The Boy Who Turned into a Salmon, as told by the late Chief Simon Walkus Sr.
Amanda Strong is a Michif (Metis) interdisciplinary artist with a focus on filmmaking, stop motion animations and media art. Currently based on unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. With a cross-discipline focus, common themes of her work are reclamation of Indigenous histories, lineage, language and culture. Strong’s work is fiercely process-driven and takes form in various mediums such as: virtual reality, stop-motion, 2D/3D animation, gallery/museum installations, published books and community-activated projects.
Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. Bracken’s practice fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. Some of Bracken’s notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver International Film Festival, Urban Shaman, Mackenzie Art Gallery and Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently the script he wrote for Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) won the Craft Award for Best Script at Ottawa International Animation Festival and many more.