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104'

Quebec, 2006

Original music : Francis Grandmont Production : ONF / NFB

Programmed by Charlène Dinhut

French, English

French, English


Political struggles



Synopsis


For over forty years, Alanis Obomsawin, one of Canada’s most famous documentary makers and a member of the Abenaki tribe, has been portraying the lives of North America’s indigenous peoples. After devoting her work to the voices of others, here she returns to the village of Odanak in southern Quebec where she grew up, and focuses on the history of her own ancestors. By recording the elders’ tales and talking with the community’s leading figures, she paints a very radiant portrait of the Wabanaki Nation.

Tënk's opinion


Before making films to advance the struggle of North America’s First Nations, Alanis Obomsawin was a professional singer and storyteller. It’s her voice that drives the narrative here, weaving its way through a meticulous intermingling of footage and interviews. The two sides of her work come together in this film – she celebrates Wabanaki culture whilst using cinema as an impressive tool for social justice. She describes discriminations and the recent legal battles waged by, among others, indigenous women’s groups to abolish laws that would insidiously lead to the nation’s extinction. This is an impeccable, militant film and a dazzling commemoration, not without a certain lyricism. And without a doubt, it helps us imagine alternatives to capitalist imaginaries.

Charlène Dinhut
Programmer and curator

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