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Alanis Obomsawin: A Legacy ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB1026570
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Alanis Obomsawin
Directors:  Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of canada / Office national du film du Canada
Subject:  First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Social Issues
Language:  English/French/Cree
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2023
Running Time:  719:25
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Curated by Alanis Obomsawin herself, this 12-disc set includes seven never-before-seen bonuses and the world premieres of four short films, plus a full-colour 44-page booklet with an introduction by Jason Ryle, International Programmer, Indigenous Cinema, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The largest collection of her films on DVD to date, works selected for Alanis Obomsawin: A Legacy span five decades of socially engaged cinema, from her very first film at the NFB, 1971’s Christmas at Moose Factory, to four new works making their debut in this DVD set. Also included is Obomsawin’s first feature-length documentary, the groundbreaking Mother of Many Children (1977), which created a space for Indigenous women’s stories and perspectives on the screen as a global feminist movement was taking shape.

This collection features all seven films from her pivotal film cycle on the rights of Indigenous children and Peoples, which began in 2010 when Obomsawin conducted the first interviews for The People of the Kattawapiskak River (2012) and ended, on an optimistic note, with her award-winning Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger in 2019.

Obomsawin revisits her extensive personal archives, including recorded conversations with dear friends, to create powerful new works like 2021’s Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair and Bill Reid Remembers. As Canadians and their country continue to face the urgent need for truth telling and greater change, Alanis Obomsawin: A Legacy offers a distinctive look at a lifetime of vital filmmaking and activism, during an era of sweeping social, political and cultural change for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

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