Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin – Portraits: Programme 1 (2021)

  • Special Event
  • 1h 28m
  • Canada

This programme contains scenes that may distress some viewers, especially those who have experienced harm, abuse, violence, and/or intergenerational trauma due to colonial practices. The films may also include audio and/or video of persons who are deceased.

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In this set of films, Obomsawin traces the central role of women within Indigenous communities — from birth to childhood, motherhood, and Elderhood.

Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin is co-presented by the National Film Board of Canada.

Playing as part of this programme:

Puberty - Part 1

This first of two intimate shorts tells the gentle narrative of a Sto:lo woman and Elder who reflects on her journey to becoming a young woman.

Puberty - Part 2

The second of two intimate shorts telling the gentle narrative of a Sto:lo Elder and her enduring connection to culture, land, and family.

Mother of Many Children

This 1977 film celebrates Indigenous womanhood, portraying proud matriarchal cultures that for centuries have survived colonial society.