19 February 2013

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), a world leader in producing works by Aboriginal filmmakers, offers different channels on its website where a large selection of films are available for download or streaming. The actual playlist features two films by 2009 Trudeau Mentor Alanis Obomsawin.

More precisely, NFB’s Aboriginal People online channel features Obomsawin’s landmark 1993 work “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance” and her 1988 documentary “No Address.”

The actual playlist also features other great documentaries such as "The Invisible Nation," by Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie, and "Encounter With Saul Alinsky – Part 2: Rama Indian Reserve," by Peter Pearson.

Later this year, Alanis Obomsawin’s most recent work “The People of the Kattawapiskak River” (2012) will be broadcasted (air dates to be announced). The film exposes the housing crisis faced by 1,700 Cree in Northern Ontario, a situation that led Attawapiskat’s band chief, Theresa Spence, to ask the Canadian Red Cross for help. With the “Idle No More” movement making front page headlines, this film provides background and context for one aspect of the growing crisis. The film is also the first in a series of films by Obomsawin on the rights of Aboriginal children in Canada.

Click on the link below to watch the trailer of “The People of the Kattawapiskak River.”

The People of the Kattawapiskak River by Alanis Obomsawin, National Film Board of Canada

Alanis Obomsawin

Documentary filmmaker and member of the Abenaki Nation, she is dedicated to the well-being of her people and the preservation of First Nations heritage.

2009 Mentors