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Alanis Obomsawin

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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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Trick or Treaty?
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Actor
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
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Waban-Aki: People From Where the Sun Rises
  • Producer
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Sigwan
  • Director
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Our Nationhood
  • Narrator
  • Director
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet My Name Is Kahentiiosta
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Is the Crown at War with Us?
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
  • Producer
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Rocks At Whiskey Trench
  • Director
  • Producer
2000
No Score Yet Kenehsatake: 270 Years Of Resistance
  • Actor
  • Director
1993
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
  • Director
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Eliza's Horoscope
  • Actor
1975

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