Sarah Shamash

Kwanxwala - Thunder

28mins | HD | clour and B&W | 2017 | Canada


Kwanxwala – Thunder intertwines Canadian history, indigeneity, colonial legacies, feminisms, and sport. Shot over the period of several years (2009-2015), this creative documentary constructs a portrait of Alert Bay through soccer with the use of multiple formats and registers of images. The film's impressionistic accent takes us through the incorporation of soccer into Kwakwaka'wakw culture despite its colonial arrival on the island. 


Running time: 28mins
Screening format: Digital file and Blue Ray
Shooting format: HD, SD, Super 8
Featuring: Community, soccer fans and players of Alert Bay
Direction, camera, editing, location sound: Sarah Shamash
Sound design and mix: Inaam Haq
Music: Russell Wallace