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AWI Short Film Competition

Tsi Teyoto:te (Even in the Silence)

Tsi Teyoto:te (Even in the Silence) is an experimental film told entirely in Kanien’keha (Mohawk language) that examines the impacts of underage drinking in Indigenous communities and the struggle to overcome grief and past traumas through culture, traditional practices and self-healing.
Director: Jonathan Elliott

Jonathan Elliott is a Tuscarora filmmaker from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Since attending York University’s Film Production program, he has worked as a director and cinematographer on a variety of projects, including: Even in the Silence (Voices with Impact funded short film, entirely in the Mohawk language), Taken Home (Toronto Arts Council funded film), Her Water Drum (imagineNATIVE commissioned film), Wild Archaeology (APTN TV series), This Wild Season (imagineNATIVE 2017 film festival), Blood Child (Blood in the Snow film festival), Teens 101(CHCH broadcast), Glitch, Two Wolves and Fantome. Jonathan’s award-winning work has been nationally broadcast and screened at various film festivals internationally in New Zealand, Italy, Germany, the United States and Canada. Jonathan was the 2018 artist-in-residence for the imagineNATIVE/CSV development program. He was selected as one of the Emerging 20 artists at the 2018 Reel World Film Festival and has been the recipient of grants through the Toronto Arts Council, imagineNATIVE, Taking it Global and Art With Impact to produce his work. Currently, Jonathan is in development on several projects, including his first feature film.

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