DIR. DANIEL JANKE, 2019, 20 minutes
SYNOPSIS: A poetic documentary that combines archival material, animation and interviews to tell the parallel stories of two Indigenous men who came home. Many years ago, Kaax’achgook of the Kiks.adi clan of southeast Alaska disappeared at sea, and was thought lost by his family and people. Three years later he returned with a song telling of his experiences. When Tagish man, Pete Sidney came back after fighting in the Second World War, his mother Angela Sidney sang this ancient song for him.
About the filmmaker
Daniel Janke is a Canadian composer and media artist. Daniel’s work as a composer has gradually drawn him into different roles as a musical director and filmmaker. His multi-media stage production The Grubstake Remix toured Canada, and recently presented at the Babylon Theatre in Berlin, Germany. His short film How People Got Fire (NFB, 2009) has received numerous awards, and has screened internationally. Recent music commissions include: Border Crossing (Wind Quintet International, 2018); Snow Falls Eventually (NAC Orchestra 2017); Small Song for Orchestra (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2017) and String Quartet No. 1 (Penderecki String Quartet). Film scores by Daniel Janke include: Mountain of Sgaana [NFB, dir. Chris Auchter. 2017]; and Subconscious Password [NFB, dir. Chris Landreth] which was short-listed for a 2014 Oscar Award in animation.