Zacharias Kunuk Presents A Live Commentary On The Searchers

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Zacharias Kunuk Presents A Live Commentary On The Searchers
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In this special presentation, which features a projection of John Ford's The Searchers with live commentary, filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) joins us to discuss the legacy of Ford's film, its impact on Indigenous representation, and its connections to Kunuk's latest work, the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival selection Maliglutit - Searchers.

Long considered a classic of the western genre, John Ford's The Searchers casts a critical yet problematic eye on the bloody legacy of colonialism in America. The 1956 tale of kidnapping and revenge reimagines hero John Wayne as a villain and a racist, yet is also notable for its own racist portrayal of the Comanche people. This opens the film up to layers of interpretation and questions about Ford's intent as he presents a former Confederate soldier (Wayne) hell-bent on tracking down the raiders who killed his brother's family and kidnapped his niece. Consumed by hate (he professes that he'd rather shoot his niece than see her living as a Comanche), Wayne's character becomes, in the eyes of some latter-day critics, an avatar for white genocide against Indigenous people.

For more information on this special event, head here: tiff.net/events/in-conversation-withzacharias-kunuk
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By: TIFF