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WAG Spotlights Arctic and Indigenous Women Filmmakers

January 16, 2016 8:15 AM | Entertainment

By David Klassen

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery

As the temperature outsides continues to fall, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is offering some options to keep cozy.

Free movies will begin screening at the WAG on January 22 with “Being Caribou,” showing a unique look at the north, while “Native Women & Film 5″ screens on February 10, uniting shorts by Indigenous women filmmakers.

The films are a partnership with the National Film Board of Canada.

“Both films connect beautifully with two current WAG exhibitions, the George & Tannis Richardson Collection of Inuit Sculpture and We Are On Treaty Land,” said Rachel Baerg, WAG head of education. “And this is just a taste, as we plan to offer more free screenings over the coming months.”

Being Caribou is a feature-length documentary by husband and wife team Karsten Heuer and Leanne Allison. In following a herd of 120,000 caribou across the Arctic tundra, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the animal’s survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes, and a very hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition.

Both movies are free and do not include gallery admission. Showtime is 7 p.m.