8:15 AM, July 21, 2020

Guest speaker: Tia Taurere Clearsky

Interviewed by WIFTV board member: Odessa Shuquaya

Coffee chat host: Katrina Mugume

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We're pleased to have Tia, Odessa and Katrina join us.


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Tia Taurere-Clearsky of Whaea Productions is Indigenous from the Ngā Puhi/Te Aupouri Nations of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Tia is currently editing a beautiful short film from Aotearoa NZ in the Maori language called Te Wao Nui, The Great Forest as well as assisting on a Theatre Replacement project with the installing and cuing of multiple video projections for an interactive exhibition. Tia has also begun preproduction for Coyote Science season 3, a children’s show for the indigenous channel APTN as she was part of the editing team for seasons 1 and 2 for which she was nominated Best Editor of a Children’s series at the Leo Awards for both seasons. In February this year Tia returned home to Aotearoa to work on an independent feature documentary as DOP called Women of the Bones, following 3 women’s journeys of cultural connection and belonging, one woman being Tia herself. Another excellent indigenous short ilm Tia edited soon to be released is Whale, shot in Nuuchahnulth Territory, Vancouver Island. A huge highlight for Tia was attending the Toronto International Film Festival to interview Taika Waititi at the Premiere of his ilm JoJo Rabbit for Maori Televisions Te Ao News and two short indigenous ilms edited by Tia premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival last year. One of her passions is striving to create International Solidarity by building synergies between Indigenous Creative communities. She believes in working towards Self Determination for all peoples, through Creative Resistance, Creative Communications. She has skills in multi media production, critical analysis of the world we live in today and a deep respect for our Earth Mother Papatuanuku. 


Odessa Shuquaya is a citizen of the Kluane First Nation in Yukon and now lives in the unceded territories of əsəlil̓wətaʔɬ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7meshsi Nations. Odessa holds a BFA in Theatre from UBC as well as certificates in Indigenous filmmaking and cinematography from Capilano University. She has been pursuing her own vision through narrative storytelling, documentary and acting for both the stage and screen. Odessa’s short films (Cedar Tree of Life, Alive and Well, Marguerite, People of the River) have been screened all over the world in film festivals and galleries as well as broadcast on CBC and APTN.


Katrina Mugume is a Ugandan filmmaker based in between Vancouver Canada and Kampala Uganda. Her works tell the stories of the Intersection between blackness and being African and Woman. As a recent graduate she is working on her debut documentary “AFANDE”, an intimate look at the life of my father, a revolutionary Ugandan general. Outside of that, she is passionate about fostering community for women in the film industry as an intern for Women in Film and Television Vancouver  and also as a community champion for black women in Vancouver.