Dreamspeakers Festival Society

Mother of Many Children and Rustic Oracle

About the Films

Mother of Many Children

As the first feature length documentary by an Indigenous woman, Mother of Many Children represents a turning point in Indigenous film, as well as beginning the career of one of Canada’s most important and iconic filmmakers.

Legendary documentarian Alanis Obomsawin’s first feature film examines the role of motherhood in Indigenous society and how it has developed in the modern era. From birth to old age and all maturing in between, Obomsawin gives an intimate view into the customs, cultures and oral traditions that define the lives of women in these matriarchal societies. Filled with compelling emotional moments, this documentary is a powerful and moving experience.  

Rustic Oracle

A moving portrait of a family in crisis, Rustic Oracle tells the story of eight-year-old Ivy (Lake Delisle) who joins her mother Susan (Carmen Moore) in a desperate race against time to search for her older sister who’s gone missing from their Mohawk community. While their journey to find answers is one that no family should go through, their shared hope helps mother and daughter come together in love amidst difficult circumstances.

With the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women continuing to make headlines as a national tragedy, filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau, working through the eyes of a young girl, tells a story that is personal, intimate and humane.

Q&A with director Sonia Bonspille Boileau. Moderated by Aretha Greatrix, Program Director at Dreamspeakers Festival Society.

Special Guest

Sonia Bonspille Boileau

Bonspille Boileau is a Kanien’kehá:ka and Québécois filmmaker, and a graduate of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She has developed and produced television projects in both English and French, ranging from children’s programming to socially driven documentaries, to the psychological thriller Le Dep.