Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger


Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

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In her latest film, celebrated Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Jordan River Anderson, and how as a result of his short life, thousands of Indigenous children today have health care equal to that enjoyed by the rest of Canadians. Because of Jordan's Indian status, a dispute arose between the governments of Canada and Manitoba over who was responsible for his care, and Jordan did not receive the appropriate home-based services that would have allowed him to end his life in his own community. Jordan's Principle was passed into law by the House of Commons, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a ruling guaranteeing access to care, yet many Indigenous patients still face a denial of services. It took sustained commitment and the issuance of several mandatory orders for justice to be done. The very timely Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger completes, on an optimistic note, the film cycle devoted to the rights of Indigenous children and peoples that began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River.


Critic Reviews for Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7)

  • An eye-opener of what it takes to make a difference in this country.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] heart-wrenching albeit hopeful doc...

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As in many of her best films, Obomsawin explores the effect of abstract political rules and dull bureaucracy on real people's lives...This is a perfect film to introduce international audiences to Obomsawin's activist cinema.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Obomsawin pays [Jordan] moving tribute for paving the way for other children like him to receive the services they deserve, capping off another strong entry in her rich filmmaking career with the perfect grace note.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • What Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger does is expose the flaws in Canada's prized healthcare system in barely over an hour.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Messenger functions fine as a heartfelt, important PSA, a tribute to Jordan's legacy - but less so as a fleshed-out, layered documentary.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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