Our People Will Be Healed
True North | True North
Vital documentarian and indigenous activist Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) has created yet another film of defiance and resilience. After the rigorous, Wiseman-like We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (VIFF 16), a nearly three-hour opus documenting the judicial suit that sought equal education rights for children living on reserves, Obomsawin deploys a different tone and approach in this, her 50th film.
Focusing her camera on a small community more than 450 kilometres away from Winnipeg in the Norway House Cree Nation, she examines their unique approach to education and collective efforts towards healing. In turn, she suggests that the increased opportunities presented to the community’s bright-eyed youths are the outcome of previous generations’ defiance of institutionalized oppression. Now in her 85th year, the NFB’s most renowned nonfiction filmmaker delivers a history of the work that has been done and a harbinger for the efforts and activism still required to correct years of injustice.
"There’s work being done at this place that could save a generation and teach that generation to save the next one, and we’re fortunate to have Obomsawin there to record it for us."—Norman Wilner, NOW