Short Films by Caroline Monnet

Short Films by Caroline Monnet

10 Episodes

Montreal-based filmmaker and multimedia artist Caroline Monnet combines striking, often abstract visuals and evocative soundscapes to explore Indigenous identity, the reverberations of colonialism, and hidden cultural histories. Encompassing an inspiring portrait of a Chippewa mixed martial artist (EMPTYING THE TANK), a dynamic journey across Canada’s first First Nations–owned railway (TSHIUETIN), and a surreal study of an unraveling suburban housewife (ROBERTA), Monnet’s innovative films communicate complex ideas through bracingly visceral means.

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Short Films by Caroline Monnet
  • Ikwé

    Episode 1

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2009 • Canada

    This experimental film interweaves the intimate thoughts of one woman, Ikwé, with the teachings of her grandmother, the Moon, creating a surreal narrative experience that communicates the power of thought and personal reflection

  • Warchild

    Episode 2

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2010 • Canada
    Starring Wayne Mallett

    Echoing the aesthetics of classical Japanese cinema, WARCHILD portrays a young, solitary figure seeking his place in society. His journey from the North to the city encapsulates his struggle to become a responsible adult and find...

  • Gephyrophobia

    Episode 3

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2012 • Canada

    The Gatineau-Ottawa region is marked by the daily struggles between these two neighboring communities, whose cultural, political and linguistic traditions differ. Taking its title from an English word for the phobia of bridges, GEPHYROPHOBIA is a film ...

  • The Black Case

    Episode 4

    Directed by Caroline Monnet and Daniel Watchorn • 2014 • Canada

    An eight-year-old girl and her infant cousin experience a series of traumatic events while quarantined in the infirmary of a residential school for Native children in Canada.

  • Roberta

    Episode 5

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2014 • Canada
    Starring Marie Brassard, Julien Morin

    Housewife and grandmother Roberta struggles to fit into the conformist society in which she lives and turns to amphetamines to cure her boredom in this short produced by Microclimat Films.

  • Mobilize

    Episode 6

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2015 • Canada

    Assembled from archival footage of Canada’s First Nations peoples and cut to a pulse-quickening electronic soundtrack, MOBILIZE is a breathless journey from the northern woods to the tops of New York skyscrapers, almost all of which have been construct...

  • Creatura Dada

    Episode 7

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2017 • Canada

    Six powerful Indigenous women gather to celebrate a new beginning and the end of the world as we know it.

  • Tshiuetin

    Episode 8

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2016 • Canada

    Take a ride through Nothern Quebec and Labrador on Canada’s first First Nations–owned railway. The Tshiuetin train line extends over 130 miles from Emeril, Labrador, to Schefferville, Quebec. The majority of passengers on the train travel regularly for...

  • Ceremonial

    Episode 9

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2018 • Canada

    Caroline Monnet explores ritual practices among Indigenous First Nation tribes in North America in this hypnotic collage work, which draws the viewer in while maintaining the sacred privacy of ceremonies not meant for cultural consumption.

  • Emptying the Tank

    Episode 10

    Directed by Caroline Monnet • 2018 • Canada
    Starring Ashley Nichols

    This striking portrait of Chippewa mixed martial artist Ashley Nichols celebrates the athlete’s inner strength, fortitude, and dedication to her physical and spiritual health.