The Upstander Project team is proud to present three short films borne of the work of creating DAWNLAND.
DEAR GEORGINA follows this Passamaquoddy elder from Motahkomikuk as she tries to fill in the blurry outlines of her identity. Now a grandmother Georgina is still attempting to re-integrate herself into the community she barely knew.
She remembers, “When I was 30 years old and I went back to the reservation this Indian lady told me, ‘You look exactly like your mother as a young person.’ So that made me feel special, made me feel real.” This propels Georgina’s lifelong mission to find herself.
Despite her gregarious personality and infectious laugh, Georgina still struggles with the trauma from her youth and finds herself stuck straddling two different worlds. In the end, Georgina returns to her foster community in northern Maine, determined to reclaim some fragment of her lost childhood. She makes an incredible discovery, but will it help heal decades old wounds?
Documentary short in post-production. Release in 2020.
The film Bounty will center on the “Phips Proclamation” issued in 1755 by Lieutenant Governor Spencer Phips, Commander in Chief of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay. Revived in popular memory by Penobscot people as proof of their survival of genocide, the proclamation called on “his Majesty’s Subjects” to pursue, captivate, kill, and destroy the “Penobscot Tribe of Indians” of all ages for a bounty, to be paid from the public treasury, for their scalps or bodies when brought to Boston. The edict is evidence of colonial settlers’ intention to exterminate Wabanaki people. The film is set in the very council chambers in Boston’s Old State House where the proclamation was signed. A contemporary reading of the appalling text of the proclamation speaks to the present through the past—a powerful expression of decolonization.