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Slashing Expectations:

New Worlds in Indigenous Cinema

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With Indigenous-led films becoming one of the most dynamic voices in the global cinema landscape, films like Nyla Innuksuk’s Slash/Back underscore the importance of Indigenous perspectives in science fiction and horror. This intersection gives way to exciting explorations on time-tested genres, opening up opportunities for wholly original visions that genuinely reflect communities and experiences. In this VIFF Lab, Innuksuk will take us through her process of her first feature, the importance of collaboration, and explore the ethics of trauma in horror cinema.


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Nyla Innuksuk


Nyla Innuksuk is the founder of Mixtape VR, which produces film, virtual, and augmented reality content. A writer for Marvel Comics, Innuksuk co-created the character of Snowguard, a teenage superhero from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, and a member of Marvel’s Champions League. Most recently, Innuksuk wrote and directed her first feature Slash/Back (2022), an alien invasion horror about a group of teen girls from the Arctic.

Originally from Igloolik, Nunavut, Innuksuk studied film at Ryerson University. Innuksuk has participated often as an early tester of emerging technology for Google, and is currently a research fellow at MIT.