Grades 9–12. $200, to support TIFF’s Pocket Fund.
Jesse Wente will offer hour-long, in-school discussions on the representation of First Nations peoples in film, culture, and the media. All in-school discussions are open to single classes or the entire school, and are best suited for Grades 9 through 12. They are available only to schools within a 90–200km radius of TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Jesse Wente is an Ojibwe writer, broadcaster, producer, and speaker. Born and raised in Toronto, his family hails from Chicago and the Serpent River First Nation. An outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit art, he has spoken at the International Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Canadian Arts Summit, and numerous universities and colleges. Wente currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council, and he was recently named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award. Wente just started a new role as the first Director of the Indigenous Screen Office in Canada.
All bookings are subject to availability.
Curriculum Connections: The Arts, Media Literacy, History, Social Sciences, Geography