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Gene Boy Came Home - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB542310
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Alanis Obomsawin, Ravida Din
Directors:  Alanis Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Documentary, History, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2007
Running Time:  24:31
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Eugene "Gene Boy" (pronounced Genie Boy) Benedict was raised by his Great Uncle and Aunt on the Odanak Indian Reserve an hour and a half east of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He left home at age 15 to work in construction in New York State. At 17, adrift and beginning to lose his way, he accepted a dare and enlisted in the US Marines. A few months later, he was on his way to the frontlines of the Vietnam War.

Gene Boy Came Home is the harrowing and deeply moving story of his two years of service in Vietnam and his long journey back to Odanak afterwards. At this critical point in the world's history, celebrated filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin turns her camera on the ugliness of war through the eyes of one survivor. Her new documentary will resonate with all those who have been touched by war, and with anyone who has had to travel the painful path of healing that eventually leads home.

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