ANOTHER WORD FOR LEARNING
Film poster for "Another Word For Learning" with side profile of girl next to branches.
ANOTHER WORD FOR LEARNING
Film poster for "Another Word For Learning" with side profile of girl next to branches.
WHEN AISHA DECIDES TO QUIT SCHOOL, HER MOTHER, TROUBLED BY HER OWN COLONIAL EDUCATION, SEES THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM BOTH TO RECONNECT WITH THEIR KWAKWAKA'WAKW CULTURE.

ANOTHER WORD FOR LEARNING

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OFFICIAL COMPETITION - Local Sightings Film Festival OFFICIAL COMPETITION - DOXA Documentary Film Festival | OFFICIAL COMPETITION - RIDM

Indigenous Studies • Sociology •  Decolonial Studies  Educational Equity  

Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 72 minutes​​ | Language: English with French subtitles | Captions: No | Director: Jadis Dumas | Producers: Jadis Dumas, Amy Miller,  Svetla Turnin | Unavailable to Canada

What does it mean for a young person to take charge of their education? ANOTHER WORD FOR LEARNING follows Aisha, an exuberant and creative 11-year old, of Kwakwaka'wakw descent, who has always hated public school: the mean kids, the academic pressure, the lack of artistic space - and the racism. She has only one year left at her elementary school in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, but she's had enough. Her dreams don't fit into the colonial curriculum, so she wants to leave school to pursue them. While most of her family and friends are worried about her, her mother Gunargie, a residential school survivor, sees this choice to “drop-out” as an opportunity for her and her daughter to reconnect with their culture - and with each other.

AWARDS
Best Cinematography | Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival
Official Competition Local Sightings Film Festival
Official CompetitionDOXA Documentary Film Festival
Official Competition Garifuna International Festival
Official Competition | RIDM

FESTIVALS
We Make Movies International Festival