Mino-bimaadiziwin (The Good Life)

5:16 / Canada / 2016 / Super 8

Synopsis: Mino-bimaadiziwin (The Good Life) came out of the Artist for Film residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. I was excited about First Story's walking tour with Elder Carolyn King. I was only able to participate with the aid of a wheelchair and allow others to push me around, it was my first time in a wheelchair. I documented this walk from that perspective with this manual timelapse on Super 8. Reconciling myself as a mixed-race indigenous Colombian settler “walking the red road" while being a person who lives with physical disabilities. Learning to live mino-bimaadiziwin as a settler to Turtle Island and Tkaronto. 

Director: Jaene Castrillon

Artist bio: Jaene Castrillon is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores her relationship to the world through various spiritual teachings and the wisdom of the land. As a mixed race (Indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese) queer woman of color living with disabilities, her work combines art and activism with spirituality to open a dialogue on ideas of wellness and illness. Jaene believes in sharing the brilliance and heart-break of living a life less ordinary.