Darryl Nepinak burst onto the Winnipeg filmmaking scene in the early 2000s and has since created a radical canon of satirical short films that are as big-hearted as they are scathing. Socially engaged and committed, Nepinak exemplifies the filmmaker as community leader and social critic, one who is mercifully seeking cartharsis and understanding through satirical humour. Armed with the acid wit of a Dave Chapelle, the optimistic irony of a Michael Moore, and the absurd burlesque of a John Landis, Nepinak explores themes of cultural property, systems of Aboriginal image-making, the singularity of Aboriginal life and the intricacies of inter-cultural misunderstanding in our beloved and troubled Winnipeg. Working variously in found-footage collage, docu-fiction, animation, mockumentary, music video and comic sketches, Nepinak’s filmmaking trajectory is both deeply challenging and resolutely upbeat. Beloved from the Berlinale to the banks of the Assiniboine and back again, the richly entertaining and unrelentingly hilarious films in this collection bespeak the arrival of one of the great voices of Winnipeg film history, a true satirical visionary who has a lot to tell us.
Featuring a curatorial essay and interview with Nepinak by Matthew Rankin and the following films:
The Last of the Nepinaks (2005)
Good Morning Native America (2006)
Zwei Indianer aus Winnipeg (2009)
I for NDN (2011)
Sundown at the Dusty Trail (2006)
The Best of Good Morning Native America (2007)
It’s the Norval Morrisseau, Jackson Beardy, Carl Ray, Eddie Cobiness, Daphne Odjig, Joe Sanchez and Alex Janvier Show (2011)
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.