Toronto actor Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs makes directorial debut at imagineNATIVE festival

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Stolen, which was financed entirely by a crowdfunding campaign, screens Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Centre as part of the ‘Femme Totale’ shorts program. There is no other film festival like ImagineNATIVE, Jacobs said. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Junction resident Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs makes her directorial debut at the 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival with a short she wrote titled Stolen, inspired in part by the life and tragic death of Tina Fontaine.Written by Jacobs, Stolen is the story of Sheena, a lost teen who ends up placed in a girls’ home where she yearns for freedom, so much so that she escapes only to be picked up by a suspicious stranger. Not unlike Sheena, Fontaine, 15, was in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services when she was reported missing to the Winnipeg Police Service. She’d been staying in a downtown hotel, reportedly placed there by social workers before her disappearance. Days later, her body was pulled from the Red River in August of 2014. Fontaine’s death renewed calls to undertake an independent national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women which was officially launched in August by the federal government.“I have a background in counselling. Caseworkers are overworked and have too many clients,” Jacobs said. “This film combines my passion for indigenous activism and my experience working in the field.” Login/Register With:last_img read more