Culture Shifts Presents "Six Miles Deep"

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

National Canadian Film Day Screening

Culture Shifts presents Six Miles Deep

April 17, 2019

3:00pm – 5:00pm

OCAD University, room 258 (George Reid House), 100 McCaul St. Toronto

Screening followed by a Q&A with director Sara Roque


Six Miles Deep

2009, 43 min 22 s

On February 28, 2006, members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the People of the Longhouse) blockade a highway near Caledonia, Ontario to prevent a housing development on land that falls within their traditional territories.  
The ensuing confrontation makes national headlines for months. But less well known is the crucial role played by the clan mothers of the community – the traditional source of power in the Haudenosaunee Nation.
With grace and honour, they rally the community on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve – with a population of 20,000, the largest reserve in Canada.
It is the clan mothers who set the rules for conduct. And when the community's chiefs ask people to abandon the barricades, it is the clan mothers who over-rule them.

Six Miles Deep is an inspiring and compelling portrait of a group of women whose actions have led a cultural reawakening in their traditionally matriarchal community.


About the Director

Sara Roque is a creator, leader and activist who has worked on many arts and community arts initiatives and projects in Canada and abroad.  She is the former Indigenous Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council where she worked for ten years mentoring artists and building innovative programs, policies and protocols with Indigenous peoples in the province. She is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of the O’Kaadenigan Weengashk Arts Collective (Peterborough) and The Good Medicine Collective (Toronto). Her education includes Indigenous Studies from Trent University and Dechinta Bush University’s summer program. Sara is a mixed blood Anishinaabekwe from Shebahonaning (colonially known as Killarney, Ontario) and currently residing in Toronto.

In partnership with Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD - CULTURE SHIFTS is a documentary series at OCAD University. Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, room 258 (George Reid House), 100 McCaul St. Toronto
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To Kill Alice Presented By Culture Shifts

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Friday, November 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

To Kill Alice
Directed by Sang-Kyu Kim
Discussion with director to follow

Friday November 23, 7pm-9pm
OCAD University
100 McCaul, Auditorium (Room 190)

To Kill Alice (2017) 78 mins
A Rabbit-hole of Clashing Ideologies

Growing up in South Korea, Eunmi Shin had been exposed to intense anti-communist education. Despite this, Shin uses her US passport to travel to North Korea. The trip transforms her ideas of the country and inspires her to write a book to support reunification efforts. Shin’s book tour in South Korea unexpectedly jettisons her into the centre of a violent political maelstrom. She is accused of spreading propaganda and being a communist agitator. To Kill Alice is an unflinching look at the polarization of debate stymying peace prospects between the two Koreas.

Sang-Kyu Kim is an independent activist filmmaker based in Seoul, South Korea. In 2002, two South Korean youths were killed by a U.S. military armoured vehicle. No one was held accountable. For Kim, this incident highlighted the unequal relationship between South Korea and the United States. He quit a university level robotics program of study and picked up a camera. Since then, Kim has recorded the vibrant social justice movement in South Korea as a way to broadcast resistance. As a member of DOCUCOW, he has mostly worked in short format videos. Previous credits include: 'The Truth Shall Not Sink' (2014), about the Sewol ferry accident. 'To Kill Alice' is his first feature documentary film.

Presented by OCAD U's Culture Shifts with the support of the OCAD U's Art & Social Change, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the York Centre for Asian Research.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul, Auditorium (Room 190) Toronto, ON

TANIA LIBRE: A New Film by Lynn Hershman Leeson

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

Culture Shifts and OCAD U’s Art & Social Change Present:

TANIA LIBRE: A New Film by Lynn Hershman Leeson

With Tania Bruguera and Dr. Frank Ochberg

Narrated by Tilda Swinton


Thursday November 2

OCAD University, Room 240


"Dr. Frank Ochberg is a psychiatrist and trauma specialist in New York. His specialty is post-traumatic stress disorders and Stockholm syndrome. The famous Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, after having been a prisoner of conscience in Cuba for eight months, is accused of treason for the preparation of a government-critical performance. In a conversation with the therapist, she analyzes the revolutionary potential of art and a censorship authority that intervenes before the actual genesis of the work. Performance art, with its short-term, spontaneous and ephemeral element Bruguera can not be discouraged; six months after her release, she invites artists from all over the world to Cuba." (Berlinale Nighttalk, Radio Eins)


Artist/Activist Tania Bruguera is the 2017 Nomadic Resident at OCAD University from Nov. 6 to 10, 2017. Throughout the weeklong residency, Bruguera will conduct workshops and talks to engage students, faculty and communities at OCAD U.


Nomadic Residents continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Room 240 Toronto, ON
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The Battle of the Invisibles. Undocumented Workers vs. the Supermarkets

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

The Battle of the Invisibles. Undocumented Workers vs. the Supermarkets. 
 A documentary by Manuel de Alba 

The Battle of the Invisibles: Undocumented Workers vs Supermarkets” is a 60-minute documentary film that focuses on the janitorial labor force from Puebla, Mexico and the exploitation of their labor by major U.S. supermarkets. It also tells the story of how thousands of workers from a rural town in Mexico became employed by California's grocery stores and engaged in a five-year struggle against labor abuses by powerful supermarket chains including Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons. This documentary tells the story of a five-year struggle by 2,300 janitors, most of them undocumented workers who speak little or no English, against California's most powerful supermarket chains. It was a true case of David vs. Goliath. To date, it is still the largest case of its type in the history of the Unites States. 

We would like to thank the co-sponsors of the event: The Centre for Research in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) -York University, Global Labour Resource Centre (GLRC) - York University, Ryerson University, Casa Maiz, Department of Sociology - Ryerson University, Sam Gindin, Chair for Social Justice - Ryerson University, Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW) and Culture Shifts at OCAD University 
This screening is being supported by OCAD U’s Culture Shifts in partnership with Ryerson and York


Venue & Address: 
Ryerson University POD (Podium Building) 350/380 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tuesday January 24th, 7pm
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, 
Room 190, Auditorium

Post Screening discussion with Director Michelle St. John and Monique Mojica

In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Francis and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the little-known Colonization Roads Act of 1872 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

CULTURE SHIFTS is a documentary series at OCAD University. Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change.

The series has the support of Art and Social Change, Indigenous Visual Culture, the Faculty of Art and the Integrated Media Program


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street Room 190, Auditorium
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