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
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.