REEL CANADA has been working to promote the amazing works of Indigenous filmmakers across Canada. In March we had the privilege of working with many of these filmmakers to put on Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgment of Cinematic Territory as a precursor to National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150). So we have been delighted by all the NCFD 150 partners who are using the day to put the focus on these important films.
One such partner is the Ashukan Cultural Space in Montreal. Not only are they screening the 2014 documentary film TRICK OR TREATY? but they will be using the event as a means to discuss issues relating to Indigenous people, their histories and the ways they are telling their own stories. Best of all, acclaimed Abenkai filmmaker and director of TRICK OR TREATY, Alanis Obomsawin, will be there for a Q&A! Obomsawin is one of the most important voices in Canadian Indigenous filmmaking (and one of the most important voices in documentary filmmaking, period), with a distinguished career spanning nearly a half century during which she has directed more than 20 films.
TRICK OR TREATY uncovers the complicated history of the signing of the James Bay Treaty (Treaty 9) and poses the question of whether the First Nations involved were deliberately misled by the government of Canada. It traces these issues all the way up to contemporary movements such as Idle No More, and examines Indigenous resistance and resilience in the face of colonialism.