Date(s) - 21/04/2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre
8:00 pm / doors at 7:30
Advance tickets at Common Loaf Bakeshop.
Join us for this special Earth Day screening—An intimate look into the life of renowned Kwakwaka’wakw carver and activist Beau Dick.
The evening will include special guest speaker Tla-o-qui-aht Master Carver/Artist Joe David. Born and raised at Opitsaht, Joe went to public school and art school in “the states”. He started mastering traditional art forms in the late 1960s. Joe returned to his traditional homeland in mid 1970s to live and learn traditional songs and ceremony. He is a leading figure in modern Northwest Coast Indigenous Art with major exhibits in many places in the world.
Movie trailer https://youtu.be/
Special thanks to Remote Passages, Ocean Outfitters, Jamie’s Whaling Station and Sea Wench Naturals for supporting this event.
About the film:
Meet Beau Dick is a portrait of a Canadian art legend, a Maker of Monsters. He was a carver from a small remote village on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.
This film strives to capture the essence of Beau Dick and his mysterious enigma as an artist who symbolized Canada’s history with the First Nations and the ethical dilemmas faced in reconciling with that colonialist history. Beau was able to use his celebrity to call attention to the injustices done to his people and the environment.
Even in his activism, Beau relied on his culture to inform him how to be political. He didn’t simply stage protests; he enacted ancient ceremonies, creating a public display infused with spirituality. He carried out the ceremonial act of breaking a Copper and shaming the Canadian government on two occasions. First, on the steps of the Parliament Building in Victoria, BC, and then one year later on the steps of Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The Copper Breaking Ceremony is a spiritual and political act that had not been performed in over 100 years.
In reaching into his past, the stories of the Kwakwaka’wakw nations are also brought to the forefront; their rich history, their dramatic mythology, and the deep scars left by colonialism. Weaving together the personal and cultural until both become inseparable, Meet Beau Dick presents an artist who succeeded in reconciling the two.
Filmmakers: Natalie Boll and LaTiesha Ti’si’tla Fazakas.