The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded recently to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile prominent Canadian videos, including this powerful offering from an Indigenous singer/songwriter rapidly gaining international attention.
iskwē - Little Star
iskwē has become one of the most outspoken and unapologetic voices to speak up against neglect and abuse of Indigenous peoples and communities throughout the country and her music has adopted an unmistakable sound that acts as an effective tool to disseminate her important message.
The video for Little Star is a powerful, politically-charged, stop-motion animation visual that touches on the themes of injustice, paying special focus to the young Indigeneous lives that have been lost. iskwē and director/animator, Sarah Legault, are also critical of the media, particularly their coverage of the murders of two Indigenous youth, Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie. The video is affecting and doesn’t allow the viewer to look away. In fact, the release of the video was timed with the first anniversary of the murder cases to show that her anger and frustration hasn’t died down with time.
iskwē has always used her art as a form of protest and, with this work, demonstrates that her artistry truly holds no bounds.
Video directed and animated by Sarah Legault.