Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation

with Fast Horse

 Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 7:00pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox | Cinema 4  

Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation

2017, documentary, US/Haudenosaunee Confederacy, 102 min, dirs: Peter Spirer, Peter Baxter – Canadian premiere

For Indigenous people, lacrosse is the “Creator’s Game,” combining spiritual and physical elements. The Iroquois Nationals are a powerful symbol of Haudenosaunee sovereignty and also one of the best lacrosse teams in the world. When the 2015 world indoor lacrosse championships were hosted by the Onondaga Nation on Haudenosaunee land, the Iroquois Nationals pursuit of a championship shone a light on generations of racism and trauma, as history, politics, and culture collided on the lacrosse field.

Screening with

Fast Horse

2018, documentary, Canada, 14 min, dir: Alexandra Lazarowich

Blackfoot bareback horseracing is “North America’s original extreme sport.” Siksika horseman Allison RedCrow and jockey Cody BigTobacco dream of bringing a team to the Calgary Stampede.

2019 Schedule

Thursday, June 6

Wrestle @ 7pm


Friday, June 7

Freedom Fields @ 7pm


Saturday, June 8

Long Time Coming @ 4pm


Saturday, June 8

Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation @ 7pm

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