We are thrilled to have two incredible filmmakers coming to St. John's with their films to engage with our communities! Alanis Obomsawin with her film Our People will be Healed, and Marie Clements with her film The Road Forward.
All film screenings and events are FREE! Tickets available at the ACC Box Office.
In Conversation with Alanis Obomsawin and Marie Clements
Wednesday, June 27
7pm, Arts & Culture Centre
Moderated by local filmmaker Latonia Hartery, join us for a conversation with the incredible filmmakers Alanis Obomsawin and Marie Clements in the Pinafore Room on the main floor of the Arts & Culture Centre.
Our People Will Be Healed, a film by Alanis Obomsawin
Wednesday, June 27
8pm, Arts & Culture Centre
Following the conversation, stay for this special film screening.
ABOUT THE FILM
Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride. In addition to teaching academic subjects, the school reconnects students with their ancestral culture.
The fifth film in a cycle that began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River, Our People Will Be Healed adopts an optimistic tone without denying a dark past. It bears witness to the tragedies that have befallen the Plains Cree, such as being confined to reserves, forbidden to practice any cultural ceremonies, including the Sun Dance, and sent off to residential schools. But first and foremost, the film conveys a message of hope: that in an appropriate school environment, one that incorporates their people’s history, language and culture, Indigenous youth can realize their dreams.
Following a stellar first year for the Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) tour, which featured more than 500 screenings of films from the NFB’s unique collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works, the NFB is pleased to extend the tour into 2018 and 2019!
The tour presents films that share the stories of our land, told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of the country. Powerful, political, and profound, the films initiate and inspire conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.