There Are No Fakes

Director: Jamie Kastner Year: 2019 Run Time: 113min
There Are No Fakes (2019)

This mesmerizing and shocking art world exposé centres on the works of Norval Morrisseau, one of the most influential Indigenous artist in Canada. 

After spending $20,000 at a reputable Toronto gallery to purchase his Spirit Energy of Mother Earth, Kevin Hearn (of the Barenaked Ladies) was surprised to discover its authenticity being called into question. His decision to sue the art dealer spurs an investigation into the painting's provenance, and so begins the unravelling of an art fraud ring with fighting factions, all claiming to be the true protectors of the Anishinaabe painter's legacy—and all of whom happen to be white. 

Questions of authenticity, appropriation and exploitation underlay a devastating story about a visionary artist caught between worlds. As the legal case proceeds, shocking new revelations emerge, detailing damages that spread far beyond the canvas.


Director(s):

Jamie Kastner

Writer(s):

Jamie Kastner

Genre(s):

Documentary

Language(s):

English

Ratings by Province:

14A Alberta
14A British Columbia
14A Manitoba
NR New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
NR Nova Scotia
14A Northwest Territories
14A Nunavut
14A Ontario
NR Prince Edward Island
NR Québec
14A Saskatchewan
NR Yukon