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The Red Dress - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB526096
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Vladimir Valenta, Tom Radford, Roman Kroitor, Dieter Nachtigall
Directors:  Michael Scott
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Fiction, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1978
Running Time:  27:47

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Renowned Métis author and screenwriter Maria Campbell explores themes of cultural identity, sexual assault, and the familial impact of colonialism in The Red Dress, echoing the themes of her seminal memoir, Halfbreed. 

Kelly is a Métis man without treaty or hunting rights, struggling to sustain his traditional life. His daughter Theresa longs for a red dress from France that she believes will give her power and strength, as the bear claw once did for her great-grandfather Muskwa. When Theresa escapes an assault and Kelly turns his back on his daughter, he realizes that he must reconnect with his culture in order to make things right. Today, the red dress is a powerful symbol recognizing the more than 1,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. 

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