Cuzzins on camera: A 2 Spirit Short Film Night

Image credit: Video still from A Sacred Place by Natalie King

Join us for Cuzzins on Camera:  A 2 Spirit Short Film Night presented in partnership with Toronto Queer Film Festival / Cousin.e.s à l’écran : Soirée de courts métrages BiSpirituel présenté en collaboration avec Toronto Queer Film Festival

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The evening will showcase 9 short films created by Indigenous filmmakers and artists. This presentation will be closed-captioned. / Cet événement présentera 9 courts métrages réalisés par des cinéastes et artistes autochtones. Les films sont tous sous-titrés.

Short films :

2 Spirit Dreamcatcher Dot Com (Thirza Cuthand, 5 min, 2017)


With suggestions of nearby pipeline protests to take your date to, and helpful elders who will matchmake you and tell off disrespectful suitors, this the culturally appropriate website all single 2 Spirit people wish existed.

Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 they have been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race. They are of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently reside in Toronto.

A Sacred Place (Natalie King, 5 min, 2018)

A video assemblage that explores Indigiqueer identity, the colonial gaze, and the artists’ relationships to land, water, space and place.

Natalie King is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation.

Working In (Vanessa Dion Fletcher, 5 min, 2020)

The only infomercial worth watching is Working In with Vanessa Dion Fletcher. Get expert guidance on optimal self-care through such activities as snacking and rest. Instead of ‘working out’ try working in!

Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse artist.

Mindalaes in Quarantine (WT)  (Samay Arcentales Cajas, 7 min., 2020) 

This  documentary bears witness to the impact of the pandemic on a family business. The necessary closure compromises a generational dream. However, the family adapts and ultimately rises to the occasion, displaying a moving combination of creativity and resilience. 

Samay Arcentales Cajas is a queer/2S (Kichwa) digital media artist and filmmaker based in Toronto.

No Place for Bad Memories (Evelyn Pakinewatik, 02:00m., 2018)


An introspective experiment that explores trauma, memory, and healing spaces.

Evelyn Pakinewatik (she/he)  is a two-spirit artist and filmmaker.

Stage Name Victoria  (Taran Morriseau, 3 min., 2018)

An intimate look at a drag queen starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation, and his relationship with his mother who has always encouraged him in his life choices.

Taran Morriseau comes from the Ojibwe Nation and is an indigenous Drag Queen who shares his perspective through this first audiovisual expression.

I Am Me (Jazmine Smith, 4 min,  2018) 

Jazmine grew up in Flying Dust, Saskatchewan as a boy who felt out of place… until discovering makeup, which helped her transition and begin her journey into womanhood. This is a story of acceptance, self-love and jewelry.

Jazmine Gladue-Smith grew up on Flying Dust First Nation, a Cree reserve located in North-Western Saskatchewan.. She runs a beauty studio out of her home, Jazzyjazz Style & Beauty, and  an Indigenous jewelry business called Grizzly Turtle Jewelry & Art.

Part Three (Kaya Joan, 4 min, 2019)

A poetic video about gender as told through an ambiguous being describing their relationship to land and the animals which inhabit it.

Kaya Joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro Caribbean (Jamaican/ Vincentian)-Indigenous (Kanien’kehá:ka) artist living in T’karonto (Dish with One Spoon treaty territory). Kaya is in the process of completing a BFA through the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD.

Majur (Rafael Irineu, 18 min, 2018) 

This film takes us to Brazil where we meet the head of communication in an Indigenous village who is an integral member of his community, but who is still struggling with being accepted for who he is.

Based in Mato Grosso, Rafael Irineu took up filmmaking at the age of 11 finding in the digital camera a source of resilience.


Please contact TQFF  if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries, requests, or needs. / SVP contactez TQFF si vous avez des besoins d’accessibilité supplémentaires, demandes ou questions.