Ohero:kon - Under the Husk
2017 | 27 minutes | Color | English/Mohawk | Order No. 171202
UNDER THE HUSK follows two Mohawk girls on their journey to become Mohawk women.
"The film is a gift to non-natives, giving us a view into a rich and sustainable culture which values girls and women."
"In an age where traditions are increasingly sacrificed for contemporary life, UNDER THE HUSK defiantly preserves the sacred."
"Empowering! Every women I've spoken to over the age of 25 has echoed the sentiment, "I wish we had something like that when i was growing up. Exponential healing for the whole family."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- American Indian Film Festival
- ReFRAME Film Festival
- imagineNATIVE, Best Emerging Filmmaker
- Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Best Short Documentary
- Taos Shortz Film Festival
- First Nations Film and Video Festival
- Los Angeles Skins Film Festival
Katsitsionni has been making films since 2003 in the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne, where she resides. Her credits include: Sacredly Stoked, a short drama related to the traditional uses of tobacco. This film was distributed across Ontario and partially funded by Cancer Care Ontario. She has also produced several short films that relate to domestic violence awareness and environmental awareness. Katsitsionni has a personal connection to this film "Ohero:kon - Under the Husk". This Passage Rites Ceremony for the youth was revived in her community and she knew it was going to change their community forever. She felt compelled to document and share this story through the eyes of two Mohawk girls that courageously make this transition to become women. (3/17)