Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin

  • Highest Rated: 100% Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 92% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen (2018)
  • Birthday: Aug 31, 1932
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Alanis Obomsawin is Canada's most renowned native filmmaker. All of her films center upon political and social issues surrounding modern Canadian native peoples. Before she was a filmmaker, Obomsawin was a singer and storyteller who attempted to instill traditional knowledge and cultural pride into the children. Her own childhood was difficult. She was born in Odansk upon the Abenaki reserve in northern Quebec. She was then moved to Trois Rivieres, Quebec where she was the only native child. There she suffered innumerable humiliations at the hands of teachers and peers; this constant denigration caused her to begin to rebel at age 12. In the late '50s, she moved to Montreal and, after surrounding herself with writers, photographers, and artists, began pursuing a singing career. Her increasing fame caught the attention of the National Film Board of Canada who began to consult her on different projects until she finally began making films of her own. Her first film, Christmas at Moose Factory (1971), used children's drawings and paintings to tell the story of Moose Factory. Obomsawin earned Canada's highest honor, the Governor-General's Award, in 1983 for her good work.

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100% Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger Screenwriter Director Actor 2019
92% Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen Actor 2018
100% Our People Will Be Healed Director 2017
No Score Yet Trick or Treaty? Actor Producer Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet Hi-Ho Mistahey! Screenwriter Director 2013
No Score Yet Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary Actor 2008
No Score Yet Gene Boy Came Home Screenwriter Director Producer 2007
No Score Yet Waban-Aki: People From Where the Sun Rises Director Producer 2006
No Score Yet Sigwan Director Producer 2005
No Score Yet Our Nationhood Producer Director Narrator 2004
No Score Yet My Name Is Kahentiiosta Director 2002
No Score Yet Is the Crown at War with Us? Screenwriter Producer Narrator Director 2002
No Score Yet Rocks At Whiskey Trench Director Producer 2000
No Score Yet Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance Narrator Director 1993
No Score Yet Richard Cardinal: Cry from the Diary of a Métis Child Director 1986
No Score Yet Incident at Restigouche Director 1984
No Score Yet Mother of Many Children Actor Director 1977
No Score Yet Eliza's Horoscope Actor 1975


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