Clouds of Autumn
Catalogue Number: TM0000
Producer: Trevor Mack
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, First Nations Studies, History, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2015
Running Time: 15
Closed Captions: Yes
Set on the Tsilhqot'in plateau in the 1970s, Clouds of Autumn focuses on a young Indigenous boy named William and his older sister Shayl whose carefree childhoods are torn apart when Shayl is forced to attend a residential school. Singular visual interpretations infuse co-director Trevor Mack's family history with a slowly shifting tone that evokes loss and love. The film explores the impact residential schools had on the relationships of First Nations children with themselves, their heritage, and nature itself. The opening notes of the hymn "A Mighty Fortress is our God" are a poignant leitmotif in this mostly non-narrated production. A moving, short docudrama ideal for film studies.
Trevor Mack is a Tsilhqot’in Nation filmmaker from Williams Lake and the TI’etinqox area in British Columbia, Canada.
WINNER: BEST CANADIAN SHORT DRAMA - 2015 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
'Best Cinematography' - 2016 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival
'Prix Jeunesse' - Festival Cine Alter'Natif 2016
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