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Alanis Obomsawin, April 6March 17, 2011

Camosun College's 2011 Insight Speaker Series presents distinguished Aboriginal documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, Wednesday, April 6 at the McPherson Playhouse.

A National Film Board director, writer, producer

A member of the Abenaki Nation, Obomsawin has written, produced and/or directed more than 30 uncompromising documentaries at the National Film Board (NFB) on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. Her stories express strong social content, inspired by the desire to let the voices of her people be heard.

Obomsawin began her career as a singer, writer and storyteller, but dove into filmmaking in 1967 with Christmas at Moose Factory, which she wrote and directed. Her best known documentary is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, a feature-length film documenting the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Kanehsatake and Oka, which has won 18 international awards.

Past films

Her past films include: Incident at Restigouche (1984), a powerful depiction of the Quebec police raid of a Micmac reserve; Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child (1986), the disturbing examination of an adolescent suicide; and, No Address (1988), a look at Montreal's homeless.

Obomsawin has served on countless advisory boards including the Canada Council's First People's Advisory Board, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network Board, and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Board for Vermont and National Geographic International.

Order of Canada Award recipient

A member of the Order of Canada, her many other honours include: the Luminaria Tribute for Lifetime Achievement from the Santa Fe Film Festival; the International Documentary Association's Pioneer Award; the Toronto Women in Film and Television's (TWIFT) Outstanding Achievement Award in Direction; the Canadian Native Arts Foundation National Aboriginal Achievement Award; an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario; and, an Honorary Doctor of Literature from Carleton University.

On April 6, explore the issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada today and be inspired by the stories of courage, determination and vision with revered filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

Tickets on sale now

Tickets are $22.25 each/$14.50 for students (includes service fees) for each show. Funds raised from the series go to the Camosun College Foundation for student assistance.

Memoirist, short-story writer and university professor Wayson Choy wraps up Camosun's speaker series with a thoughtful and personal exploration of Canada's multiculturalism and beyond, May 18.


Michelle Tinis
Camosun College Foundation

Last updated: March 22, 2011 1:42 pm

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