Future Rivers: Film and Video from the Desert River

June 16 - September 14, 2021

Connecting you virtually to the compelling work of local Algonquin filmmakers

Future Rivers: Film and Video from the Desert River features a selection of works made by local Algonquin filmmakers. The works in this exhibition explore the complex, nuanced experiences of Algonquin Anishinaabeg.

For the artists, the moving image is a lyrical language that strengthens their mobility, presence and connection to and within their own territories. The narratives the artists create, and the ways in which they communicate them, emphasize film’s potential to poetically express memory, futurities, fantasy and complex forms of self-representation.

For Algonquin Anishinaabeg, our ability to move with the rivers in the vessels we make keeps our identities and lifeways in a constant state of motion. The medium of film enables us to presence and ground ourselves through movement, and captures our desire to keep travelling and creating.

Update: Future Rivers was originally intended to be physically installed at CUAG, but pandemic restrictions have inspired us to explore other avenues for engaging with the artists’ works.

We will be posting the films on this page, in three thematic releases. You can watch them here!

Part 1: Continuous Currents (16 June – 13 July): Watch films by Caroline Monnet and Charlene McConini

Part 2: Old Ways Becoming New (14 July – 10 August): Watch films by Russell Junior Ratt-Brascoupe and Craig Commanda

Part 3: Creating with Community (11 August – 14 September): Watch films by Keith Whiteduck and James McDougall

Curated by

Danielle Printup

Artists in the exhibition

Craig Commanda, Charlene McConini, James McDougall, Caroline Monnet, Russell Junior Ratt-Brascoupe, Keith Whiteduck


Produced with the support of Wapikoni Mobile and the National Film Board of Canada