Feeling Reserved: Alexus’ Story
Alternative Title: Where We Were Not, Part I: Alexus’ Story
The first installment of a 4-part experimental animated documentary about criminalization in Canada resulting from five years of social practice art projects with marginalized and criminalized women (2006-2011). MacCormack writes that they “wanted to find ways to build on these relationships, while offering an opportunity for sharing their often poignant stories and insights.” Each participant was asked if they had any stories they would be interested in sharing about conflicts with the law or criminalization, based on which MacCormack later created an animation to accompany their story. MacCormack included the participants in this process by having discussions with them regarding symbolism, representation and consent. “Many women find creative ways to survive. These stories illuminate the strength and courage these women show as well as the oppressive conditions that define them,” MacCormack states. Alexus’ Story has been exhibited in film events around the world, including Entzaubert (Berlin), the LA Transgender Film Festival, and Inside Out (Toronto). In this short we hear from video artist and co-director Alexus Young about police violence against First Nations people in Saskatoon.