Using a captivating mash-up of contemporary story-telling styles across a multi-media approach, Enhior’hén:’ne [TOMORROW], a short documentary, incorporates spoken word, highly stylized visual juxtapositions including still-image portraiture and traditional cultural signifiers such as traditional drumming to reveal the reality bridged by the Kanien’kehá:ka experiences in the face of colonial interruption.
In exploring Indigenous futurisms, we must first understand the links between past, present and future. Reflecting on the famous idiom, “For the next seven generations”, Indigenous worldviews intimately understand the material relationals of impact between time. For onkwehon:we, this means understanding our roles as embodied visions of our ancestors of the past, as well as our manifest of both celestial and earth-bound responsibilities to our peoples and lands of today, and finally, the models and myths we leave behind as ancestors to the future. If you could send a message to the future, what would it be?
Roxann Whitebean, 32, is from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawà:ke and a member of the Wolf Clan. She began her career on APTN’s television series, Mohawk Girls, as an assistant director. She made her directorial debut in 2014 with financial assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts to produce Legend of the Storm.’In 2016, she opened a production company called Whitebean Media Arts, which has been producing work for CBC’s digital platform; Thunder Blanket, Karihwanoron: Precious Things and Little Hard Knox, all available to stream online. She won the best drama pitch prize at the 2015 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts festival and was selected by the Whistler Film Festival as an Aboriginal Fellow. She is a National Screen Institute Alumni, where she produced Flat Rocks, which will air on APTN in 2018. She is voice actress who narrates her own projects; however, she subjected herself to the audition process to better understand actors and ended up landing the voice role of the character “Sky Woman” in a digital narrative that explores Indigenous Futurism called, She Falls for Ages. In 2017, she wrote and directed 10 episodes of a 20-part children’s series for Apartment 11 Productions called Raven’s Quest, which will air on TVO Kids. Her most recent work is The Paradigm, which had its world premiere at the L.A Skins Film Festival in Hollywood. She was a nominee for Hot Doc’s Lindalee Tracey emerging artist award and a recipient of the Reveal Indigenous Arts Awards as well as a profiled artist in the 2017 fall issue of Playback Magazine entitled “Talent on the Rise.”
Writer, Director, Producer
Director of Photography
“KX0” (Pakesso Mukash)
Sound Mix + editor, studio technician
Online editor + Post Production
Studio Tony Manolakis
Creative Collaborator/Producers Assistant