The Power of Film
Filmmaker Gordon Loverin had long harboured an inner fantasy that, one day, one of his productions would end up on Knowledge Network. A donor and longtime viewer, he watched the station while he was learning his craft and was thrilled last March when Knowledge aired his documentary Beyond Human Power, about new generations finding inner peace through Indigenous dance.
“I want to see more stories that enlighten, inform and educate audiences about who Indigenous peoples are,” he says. “I pick subjects that allow people to see the beauty of our culture, the beauty of us as a people, and gain some understanding that, although we have a different culture and a different look, we're still the same as a lot of other people. We still want the same things for our children. We still want the same things for ourselves. We want to be successful, and we want to have a lasting legacy that we leave behind. And I think if more and more of the broader society understood that that's who we are, as well as our unique culture, then there can be some bridge-making that happens.”
Gordon believes that Knowledge is the right place for these kinds of films because no matter what the subject matter is, no matter whose voice is being heard, there's a sense of hope in the programming that you don't always find elsewhere.
“Donating to Knowledge, knowing that it's going to help create new kinds of programs, new stories, and point of views from Indigenous filmmakers is an investment in the future stability of our society,” Gordon says. “It allows Knowledge to open its doors wider to the kinds of stories that are out there and that should be told.” Stream "Beyond Human Power" on Knowledge.ca or the K: app.