History of Reappropriation, 2012 © Kader Attia
To acknowledge the wonder of other cultures is not to denigrate our way of life but rather to recognize with some humility that other peoples, flawed as they too may be, nevertheless contribute to our collective heritage and to the human repertoire of ideas, beliefs and adaptations that have historically allowed us as a species to thrive. To appreciate this truth is to sense viscerally the tragedy inherent in the loss of a language or the assimilation of a people. To lose a culture is to lose something of our selves.
Wade Davis, Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World,
Anansi Press, © 2009
Ian Boyd has been producing since 1983. His driving principle has been to seek out, discover and bear witness to cultural identities and territories in a world increasingly complex and where all societies are under pressure. He founded LES FILMS DE L’ISLE / ISLAND FILMWORKS as an independent audiovisual production company in 1997. Concentrating on feature films, performing arts and documentary programming, the company has produced for the television and theatrical markets and the web. The quest for innovative writing and original vision is the company’s primary concern. With the aim of producing distinctive, contemporary works, ISLAND FILMWORKS partners closely with writers and directors throughout the creative process.
His productions include feature films The Passenger by François Rotger, Yellowknife and Full Blast by Rodrigue Jean, Royal Bonbon by Charles Najman, and Mesnak, directed by Yves Sioui Durand; and the feature documentaries American Savannah by Jean-François Méan and Ian Lagarde, Danser Perreault by Tim Southam and Léa Pool’s Gabrielle Roy, all of which have been selected and awarded prizes. Latest releases were Stefan Ivanov’s The Route Ahead, and The Imagined States of America, a unique photographic journey and study of the United States based on the photomontages of Montreal photographer and visual artist Pierre Guimond.