“We have to be get back and be proud of who we are. Our stories have to be told again”, affirms Gordon Walker, one of the many educators living in Norway House Cree Nation, situated in northern Manitoba. The nation, subject of veteran documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th project, serves as a model of exceptional commitment to empowering Indigenous youth. The forces behind Norway House’s progressive educational centre and its inclusive community-minded spaces restore Indigenous culture for the next generation. Weaving interviews and picturesque landscapes, Obomsawin paints the portrait of a community’s hard work dedicated to healing from a harrowing legacy of a not-too-distant colonial past. Even at 85 years old, Obomsawin continues to amplify often-silenced Indigenous voices and inspires refusal to be idle in the face of historical injustices.
Special Screening at Kineto Theatre in Forest, ON