Home Made Visible
The Canadian archives are lacking in home movie footage from Indigenous people and Visible Minorities. As old film and videotapes threaten to fall apart with time, Home Made Visible works to preserve this history, celebrate the joy captured in home movies, and explore how archives have the power to shape who we become and how we relate to one another.
This project owes inspiration to Ali Kazimi’s documentary Random Acts of Legacy. It is a testament to the importance of home movies as archival documents, and the role they can play in facilitating more complex representations of historically marginalized communities.
Home Made Visible takes place in three parts, from 2017-2019. The project:
- Invites Indigenous people and Visible Minorities across Canada to digitize and archive home movies from the 20th century.
- Engages Indigenous and Visible Minority media artists to create works that explore how archives shape the ways we engage with the colonial system and think about collaboration and coexistence between our many communities. (Note: These media artists do not use home movies collected through Home Made Visible in their project. They work with researched materials of their own.)
- Tours an exhibit of the completed artworks, and selected clips of home movies across Canada, to start conversations on how our diverse histories converge on this land and reimagine the terms in which we shape our shared future.
To digitize footage and contribute to the archive please contact us!
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Home Made Visible is a project of the Regent Park Film Festival
Regent Park Film Festival
Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free community film festival. In addition to the Annual Film Festival and Under the Stars: Movies in the Park, we host year-round film screenings, school programs, and workshops at no cost.
We are dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on inviting those of us from low-income and public housing communities. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story.