NCFD & VIFF (Vancity Theatre) present Three Short Films, Alanis Obomsawin

Film(s) Playing:

Richard Cardinal: Cry From A Diary Of A Metis Child

Director: Alanis Obomsawin Run Time: 30min Genre(s): Drama

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Richard Cardinal died by his own hand at the age of 17, having spent most of his life in a string of foster homes and shelters across Alberta. In this short documentary, Obomsawin weaves excerpts from Richard’s diary into a powerful tribute to his short life. Released in 1984 — decades before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — the film exposed the systemic neglect and mistreatment of Indigenous children in Canada’s child welfare system. 

Film language(s): English
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (L'apprentissage de Duddy Kravitz) (1974)

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Director: Ted Kotcheff Run Time: 120min Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Based on Mordecai Richler’s beloved novel, the film charts the rise of young Duddy Kravitz (Dreyfuss), a brash, working-class Jewish kid from Montreal, determined to make a name for himself — no matter what it takes. Taking to heart his grandfather’s advice that “a man without land is nothing,” Duddy gets involved in a series of get-rich-quick schemes in order to purchase a lakeshore property in the Laurentian mountains.

As his business ventures backfire in different ways, Duddy must come to terms with the fact that he’s attaining his goals at the expense of something more important — friendship and love. Both funny and touching, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a true Canadian classic.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and won Film of the Year at the Canadian Film Awards.

Cast: Randy Quaid, Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctôt, Jack Warden
Ratings by province or territory:
Alberta - A
British Columbia - NR
Manitoba - 14A
New Brunswick - 14
Newfoundland and Labrador - NR
Nova Scotia - 14
Northwest Territories - A
Nunavut - A
Ontario - PG
Prince Edward Island - 14
Québec - 13+
Saskatchewan - NR
Yukon - NR
Film language(s): English

Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Director: Alanis Obomsawin Run Time: 99min

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In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually brings Shannen's Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

Film language(s): English
Mother of Many Children (1977)

Mother of Many Children

Director: Alanis Obomsawin Run Time: 58min Genre(s): Documentary

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

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.

Cast: Alanis Obomsawin
Ratings by province or territory:
Alberta - NR
British Columbia - NR
Manitoba - NR
New Brunswick - NR
Newfoundland and Labrador - NR
Nova Scotia - NR
Northwest Territories - NR
Nunavut - NR
Ontario - NR
Prince Edward Island - NR
Québec - NR
Saskatchewan - NR
Yukon - NR

Venue: VIFF Vancity Theatre

Date: April 17, 2019

Time: 10:15 AM

Ticket price: Free

Event Primary Language: English

Host(s): Cease Wyss

Guest(s): Alanis Obomsawin

Event Details:
This screening is part of a spotlight on the work of legendary Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. The series will include: 

10:15 AM - 3 Shorts Films by Alanis Obomsawin:
Christmas at Moose Factory 
When All the Leaves Are Gone 

2:00 PM - Mother Of Many Children

6:00 PM - Hi-Ho Mistahey & Richard Cardinal: Cry From A Diary Of A Metis Child

Reserve your free tickets online.

Celebrate National Canadian Film Day in the company of Alanis Obomsawin, matriarch of indigenous filmmaking. Through her long and distinguished career Obomsawin has always championed the rights of First Nations and greater cultural understanding. "My main interest all my life has been education," says Obomsawin, "because that’s where you develop yourself, where you learn to hate, or to love."

This programme is specially curated for elementary students, but these poignant, charming short films speak across the generations.

Limited tickets available to the general public.

Obomsawin’s very first film, Christmas at Moose Factory (1971, 13 min), consists of drawings by young Cree children who are interviewed on the soundtrack about their Christmas hopes and dreams;

Sigwan (2005, 13 min) is a fable about a young girl comforted and counselled by the animals of the forest (represented in fantastic masks and puppets).

When All the Leaves Are Gone (2010, 17 min) is a live action short about an eight-year-old girl, Wato, the only First Nations student in an all-white classroom in 1940s Ontario.

We are delighted that Alanis Obomsawin will be here in attendance to talk about her work. The discussion will be supported by Senaqwila Wyss, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss. Wyss is an artist collaborator for the Vancouver Biennale and co-owner/operator of Raven and Hummingbird Tea Company.

This event is presented in partnership with REEL CANADA, the Vancouver Biennale, the NFB and VIFF.

Accessibility: Venue deemed accessible by event host.

VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7
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