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Alanis Obamsawin at Toronto's Hot Docs Festival

Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2009 | 11:48 AM AT

alanis.jpgAlanis Obamsawin(Jeff Bear)

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and Hot Docs International Documentary Festival are proud to co-present a retrospective of the films of this year's Outstanding Achievement Award winner Alanis Obamsawin. Hot Docs will screen a retrospective celebrating the distinguished career of Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. One of Canada’s most uncompromising documentary filmmakers, Obomsawin’s collected works offer an insightful and unflinching perspective on the social realities facing Canada's First Nations communities. Since making Christmas at Moose Factory in 1967, Obomsawin has directed 35 films, including the award-winning Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), a feature-length film documenting the 78-day standoff between the Mohawk of Kanehsatake and the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990, and the aftermath of the 1990 Mohawk uprisings in Kanehsatake and Oka. Her film Richard Cardinal: Cry From a Diary of a Metis Child (1986) helped to change government policy regarding First Nations child welfare. In her recent film Waban-aki: People From Where The Sun Rises (2006), she returns to her own Abenaki community to focus on the complex and sensitive issue of Native status, examining who is granted status, how it is decided and the implications involved. Obomsawin is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the International Documentary Association’s Pioneer Award. Hot Docs is pleased to announce that Alanis Obomsawin will be in attendance at this year's Festival. For more information on Alanis, her career and achievements, please visit www.nfb.ca/alanisobomsawin.

Films and screening times:

Incident at Restigouche
D: Alanis Obomsawin / min / Canada / English
Justice and sovereignty are cross-examined after a small Mi'kmaq community is targeted in an outrageous governmental attack. Those responsible for the orders are challenged in one of the most powerful interviews ever filmed.

Playing at the Isabel Bader Theatre at 93 Charles Street West.
Friday, May 1
4:30pm

For more information on Incident at Restigouche, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/incident_at_restigouche

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 119 min / Canada / English
One of the most important Canadian films ever made, Kanehsatake provides a powerful perspective on the 1990 "Oka Crisis", which was sparked when developers tried to build a golf course over Mohawk burial grounds.

Playing at the ROM Theatre, 100 Queens Park Crescent
Sunday, May 10
2:00pm

For more information on Kanehsatake, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/kanehsatake_270_years_of_resistance

Rocks at Whiskey Trench
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 105 min / Canada / English
As Mohawk women, elders and children were evacuated from the rising threat of violence during the "Oka Crisis", they were viciously attacked by a violent, racist mob. Years later, the shock and pain still linger.

Playing at the ROM Theatre, 100 Queens Park Crescent
Saturday, May 2
4:15pm

For more information on and screening times for Rocks at Whiskey Trench, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/rocks_at_whiskey_trench

Is the Crown at War with Us?
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 96 min / Canada / English
In this raw and immediate look at the David-and-Goliath battle over Mi'kmaq fishing rights in New Brunswick, the conflict's complex roots emerge with passion and clarity.

Playing at the ROM Theatre, 100 Queens Park Crescent
Saturday May 9
4:45pm

For more information on and screening times for Is the Crown at War with Us?, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/is_the_crown_at_war_with_us

Waban-aki: People From Where The Sun Rises
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 104 min / Canada / English
Returning to her home community of Odanak, Quebec, Obomsawin weaves together a fascinating history of rich traditions and past struggles with a candid discussion on the challenges to contemporary First Nations identity and status - love and marriage.

The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street
Sunday, May 3
1:00pm

For more information on and screening times for Waban-aki, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/waban-aki_people_from_where_the_sun_rises

Professor Norman Cornett
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 80 min / Canada / English
Brilliant and controversial, Dr. Norman Cornett is probably the best professor you never had. His sudden termination after 15 years raises fascinating questions about the nature of pedagogy, morality and the high price of freedom of thought.

Playing at The Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Friday, May 8
9:30pm

For more information on and screening times for Professor Norman Cornett, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/professor_norman_cornett

In addition to the above feature films, the following shorts will also be screened:


Richard Cardinal: Cry From a Diary of a Metis Child
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 29 min / Canada / English
Richard Cardinal, a young Metis boy, lived in 28 different foster homes, shelters, and lock-ups from the ages of 4 to 17, when he tragically hung himself. A stunning indictment of systemic racism and neglect, this film helped change child welfare policy in Alberta.

Playing at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Friday, May 1
4:30pm

For more information on and screening times for Richard Cardinal, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/richard_cardinal_cry_from_a_diary_of_a_metis_child

Christmas at Moose Factory
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 13 min / Canada / English
For her first film, Alanis Obomsawin let the Cree children of Moose Factory tell their own stories - a radical act at a time when Aboriginal people were spoken for.

Playing at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Friday, May 8
9:30pm

For more information on and screening times for Christmas at Moose Factory, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/christmas_at_moose_factory

History of Manawan (Part Two)
D: Alanis Obomsawin / 13 min / Canada / English
Rarely seen, this fascinating historical vignette of an Atikamekw community in Quebec was one of Obomsawin's groundbreaking first works. An early multimedia piece made for education, it exemplifies the deep listening that would define her philosophical and aesthetic method.

Playing at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West
Sunday May 3
1:00pm

For more information on and screening times for History of Manawan, visit:
http://schedule.hotdocs.ca/index.php/2009/film/history_of_manawan_part_two

Ticket Info: Prices are $12 for screenings before 11 p.m., and $5 after 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hotdocs.ca , by phone 416-637-5150, or in person at The Documentary Box Office, Hazelton Lanes - Lower Level, 55 Avenue Road.

Box Office Hours:
March 16 - April 29
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 30 - May 10
Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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