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HIV:Healing Inner Voices is at VQFF!

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs from Aug 13-23rd and we’re thrilled that our film Healing Inner Voices  is part of it!  Check out our trailer on our Drawing Wisdom site * See the film at VQFF *

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Healing Inner Voices HIV, Created & Produced by Martin Morberg, Northern Tutchone/Tlingit, Directed by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations will screen at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival as part of their shorts series: “Spirit, Heart, Land: two-spirit and Indigiqueer shorts!”  See the list of all the short films below.

Through the voices of 8 Indigenous people living with HIV, this poetic short documentary combines storytelling and the healing power of Indigenous culture to reflect on the realities of stigma and discrimination for Indigenous people. The film offers up hope and resilience for the journey from the head to the heart.  If you are moved by this film, please join us in getting this film to communities.  #HIVoices #NoStigma

The online festival opens August 13 and runs until August 23. It is geo-targeted to BC.

Healing Inner Voices will screen Saturday Aug. 22, 5pm. Get your tickets! 

If not for Covid, we would likely have been running into some of you at this event. Instead we’re looking at our computers and tuning into livestreams! 

We are also planning an invite-only virtual stakeholder screening this fall. Let us know if you would like an invitation! Join our mailing list to follow along with the film.


Please spread the word about our film, and forward this email to all those you think may be interested! 


Mussi Cho,


Hych’qua Siem (Thank you, Respected People)


Martin, Jada, Rylan and the team! 


“HIV: Healing Inner Voices” is a A Drawing Wisdom Production

Created & Produced by Martin Morberg, Northern Tutchone/Tlingit

Directed by Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations

Created in Collaboration with Lulu Gurney (Nisga'a Nation), Ron Horsfall (Pasqua First Nation, Saskatchewan), Aaron Jackson (Tsleil-Waututh Nation) ,Tyler Jacobs, AK Lowhorn (Siksika Nation), Val Nicholson (Mi'kmaq) , and Flo Ranville (Sioux Lakota/Woodlands Cree/French/Scottish). 

Director of photography  D’Arcy Hamilton

Edited by Katherine Dodds and D’Arcy Hamilton

Production Manager Rylan Friday, Cote First Nation

Impact campaign supported by the Inspirit Foundation


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Spirit, Heart, Land: two-spirit and Indigiqueer shorts

The short films in this program illuminate and celebrate queer Indigenaeity and Two Spirit lives, while calling to account the ways in which colonial heteronormativity continue to impact queer Indigenous and Two Spirit representations and lived realities. Natalie King artfully and emotionally combines found footage of harmful portrayals of Indigenous peoples in contrast with images of contemporary Indigenous protest and rebellion, creating a work that captures the truth of a traumatic history as well as the desire and strength of Indigenous survival and resistance, in Activate NDN Consciousness. Thirza Cuthand ponders legacy, land and indigenous futures with humour and vulnerability in her experimental short film, Extractions. In Kama’āina (Child of the Land), sixteen year old Mahina flees her unsafe home environment and navigates life on the streets of Oahu, searching for a safe place to land until she eventually finds refuge, community and connection at the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae––Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment. 

HIV: Healing Inner Voices is a loving and uplifting testament to indigenous resilience and healing, exploring the effects of HIV stigma and discrimination within indigenous communities, through eight intimate interviews.

And Chigualo is a gorgeous and complicated coming of age story, set during the annual Chigualo festival in coastal Ecuador. The festival is celebrated as a day when God does not look at the sins of the people, and ten year old Manu decides to use this day as an opportunity to step into her full self. These narratives honestly represent the ways in which colonialism revereberates through the lives if queer Indigenous and Two Spirit people, while also showing the resilience, creativity, and artistry of these filmmakers, their protagonists and communities.


Activate NDN Consciousness | Natalie King | Turtle Island | 2019 | 6 min | English

Extractions | Thirza Cuthand | Turtle Island | 2019 | 15 min | English

Kama’āina (Child of the Land) | Kimi Howl Lee | Hawaiʻi | 2020 | 15 min | English

HIV: Healing Inner Voices | Martin Morberg & Jada-Gabrielle Pape | Turtle Island | 2019 | 27 min | English Chigualo | Christian Rojas | Ecuador | 2019 | 18 min | Spanish with English Subtitles