Screened as a part of:
Wednesday, October 17 7:00 pm
Canada • 13 minutes • Digital Beta
Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, began her illustrious career as a singer, model and storyteller and remains an icon of Indigenous cinema. She made her professional debut as a singer in New York in 1960 and toured the world before joining the National Film Board of Canada in 1967. Since making Christmas at Moose Factory, her debut film, Alanis has directed, written and/or produced over 30 works. Having recently celebrated her 80th birthday, Alanis continues to pursue documentary filmmaking with the same vigour and sensitivity she has employed in her craft for decades. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, an inductee into the Playback Canadian Film & Television Hall of Fame and was honoured with a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. In 2004, she was awarded imagineNATIVE’s inaugural Milestone Award and remains a Patron of the Festival.
In her first film, legendary documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin conveys the poignant, loving perceptions of Cree children spending Christmas at a residential school in northern Ontario. Their innocent, moving stories - told through their drawings - belie the circumstances of their institutional surroundings, but reveal the beauty and love in their hearts.