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Ivan Sen on being an artist

By Sista Girl Productions, 2009 3:08 minutes

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Sen suggests that developing as an artist involves deepening one’s sensitivity to the world and that this can become an end in itself. He observes that while Indigenous filmmaking is diverse and covers many genres, it is difficult for anything other than Indigenous ‘arthouse’ films to find an audience. Because of the small number of Indigenous films made and the limited distribution that they receive, many people in the broader community never see any films made by Indigenous filmmakers. Sen believes that as the quantity of Indigenous films being made increases, their impact will be much greater, but he points out that the decisions about which Indigenous film projects get funding are still made by non-Indigenous bureaucrats. If Indigenous filmmakers are to become truly independent, they will need to get to the point where they can generate their own funding.

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