The video installation Sheri Pranteau: Undisappeared, by Groupe Épopée, presents the story of Sheri Pranteau. In Winnipeg in 1999, Pranteau, a Cree-Anishinaabe woman from Manitoba, was sentenced to life in prison for manslaughter and armed robbery. In 2015, out on conditional release, she participated in a panel discussion on indigenous women in the Canadian penal system, organized by McGill University for its law school’s moot court. The installation restores Sheri Pranteau’s voice while highlighting the power structures that command our gaze, built into the very architecture of the courtroom.
In collaboration with Vidéographe.
Work shown in the banner:
© Groupe Épopée, Sheri Pranteau: Undisappeared, 2017.
Épopée is a cinema action group based in Montreal, which carries out projects addressing present-day situations. Since 2005, Épopée has created film projects in collaboration with sex workers and drug users, students and militants during and after the 2012 Québec Student Strike, and lately with a group of Yanomami in the Brazilian Amazon. The group’s works have been shown, among others, at Dazibao (Montréal, 2012), the Festival du nouveau cinéma (Montréal, 2012), the Visions du réel film festival (Nyon, 2013), Interference Archive (New York (2013), the Manif d’Art 7 (Québec, 2014), and the FOFA Gallery – Encuentro (Montréal, 2014). Épopée has also brought its work to universities and collectives in Europe, the USA, Canada and Québec.
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