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The Cinema of Sovereignty with Master Aboriginal Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obsomsawin

Originally posted: Feb. 2006

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. Her work embraces strong social themes and is inspired by the desire to let the voices of her people be heard. She has made over 20 uncompromising documentaries on issues concerning Aboriginal people in Canada.

Friday, 2/26, 7:00 pm, Room 210, Kane Hall

WABAN-AKI: People from Where the Sun Rises

waban-aki2_webObomsawin’s illustrious career comes full circle. After four decades of chronicling the lives of Native peoples and communities, she returns to the village where she was raised to craft a lyrical account of her own people. (2006, 104:00)

Best Documentary Award, 2006, Imagine Native Media Arts Festival, Toronto

Saturday, 2/27, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Walker Ames Room (225), Kane Hall


Gene Boy Came Home (2007, 24:00)

geneboy2_webJoin us for this special Master Class with Alanis Obomsawin, as she screens and talks in depth about her powerful new film. This moving story tells the harrowing tale of the ugliness of war through the eyes of one survivor. Class is limited to 20 participants, so this will be a terrific opportunity for intimate interaction with the master filmmaker and community activist. Please call (206) 221-6374 or email for reservations.

These events are sponsored by Native Voices, the Canadian Studies Center, and Native American Students in Advanced Academia (NASAA) and is supported, in part, by funding from a Title VI grant, US Department of Education, Office of International Education and Graduate Program Services.