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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Alanis Obomsawin. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Alanis Obomsawin, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Alanis Obomsawin. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Alanis Obomsawin, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 493 - Alanis Obomsawin - The Messenger

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Alanis Obomsawin and Face2Face host David Peck talk about reconciliation, leaving a legacy, Jordan’s Principles, passion, commitment, advocacy, fighting back and why every child matters.

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It took one little boy, Jordan River Anderson, to ensure that thousands of First Nations and Inuit children can today receive the same standard of social, health and education services as the rest of the Canadian population. In Jordan River Anderson, The MessengerAlanis Obomsawin’s latest film (her 52nd), the renowned documentary filmmaker chronicles the long legal fight against a health care system that operated on two disconnected levels, causing injustices and suffering—a situation that has since been significantly improved. The Abenaki filmmaker traces the parallels between the lives of two First Nations children, Jordan River Anderson and Noah Buffalo-Jackson.

A member of the Norway House Cree Nation of Manitoba, Jordan River Anderson had very serious health problems, for which he was being treated at a Winnipeg hospital. He could have ended his life in adapted housing close to his family, but because of his Indian status a dispute arose between the governments of Canada and Manitoba over who should pay the costs of his relocation to home-based care. Jordan died in hospital in 2005. Jordan’s Principle, which states that the first government agency to be contacted is the one responsible for this phase of a child’s care, was unanimously adopted by the House of Commons in 2007, and a ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal resolved the issue of jurisdiction.

Many people and organizations worked hard for this outcome, but despite the judgment and the funding that was allocated for Jordan’s Principle, many First Nations and Inuit parents are still faced with a refusal of social, health and educational services. For example, when Carolyn Buffalo and Richard Jackson needed specialized transportation for their teenage son, Noah Buffalo-Jackson, who suffers from cerebral palsy, they had to pay for it themselves. Similarly, the First Nation of Wapakeka in Ontario appealed for assistance in combating a wave of suicides in their community, but received no help. “We hear a lot about universal health care in Canada,” says Aimée Craft, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who is interviewed in the film, “but why is it universal for everyone except First Nations children?”

Numerous binding government orders and the goodwill of several Canadian government officials, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, were required before First Nations and Inuit parents and children were finally able to enjoy appropriate support. “The law is a shield that protects this generation of children,” observes Cindy Blackstock, director general of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, and one of the protagonists of the documentary. “It restores their dignity, and allows them to grow up within their own families. Justice is possible.”

Filmed in centres of political power, in First Nations communities, and at public demonstrations, Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger provides a forum in which the voices of parents, caregivers, and their legal representatives can all be heard. Alanis Obomsawin’s latest documentary completes, on a note of optimism, the cycle of films devoted to the rights of children and Indigenous peoples that she began with The People of the Kattawapiskak River.

About the Director:

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. As a prolific director with the National Film Board, she has created an extensive body or work focusing on the lives and concerns of Canada’s First Nations.

She began her professional career in 1960 as a singer in New York City. In 1967, producers Joe Koenig and Bob Verrall invited her to join the NFB as an adviser on a film about Indigenous peoples. She has not put down her camera since.

An activist as well as a filmmaker, Obomsawin is driven to provide a forum for the country’s First Peoples. Her entire filmography is a testament to that desire. Her documentaries have always sought to show the importance of roots and strong intergenerational bonds for the preservation of Indigenous cultures—from Christmas at Moose Factory (1971), in which she used children’s drawings to tell the story of a Cree village on the shore of James Bay, Ontario, to Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger (2019), her most recent film (her 52nd), which documents the long struggle to establish the right of Indigenous children to receive, in their own communities, the same high standard of health care as the rest of the Canadian population.

Obomsawin is a director who knows how to film conflict, as demonstrated by her four films about the Oka Crisis of 1990: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), winner of 18 international awards; My Name Is Kahentiiosta (1995); Spudwrench: Kahnawake Man (1997); and Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000).

Alanis Obomsawin has received numerous awards and honours throughout her career. She was inducted into the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame in 2010, and in 2014 she received the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Humanitarian Award, an honour given in recognition of exceptional contributions to the community and the public sector. In 2015, the Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile) recognized her body of work with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and she received an Honorary Life Member Award from the Directors’ Guild of Canada in 2018.

Obomsawin has received honorary doctorates from many universities, including Dalhousie University in 2016 and McGill University in 2017. In 2016, she also received two of the highest civilian honours conferred by the Province of Quebec when she was named a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec and awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. In 2019, she became a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Image Copyright: Alanis Obomsawin and NFB. Used with permission.

F2F Music and Image Copyright: David Peck and Face2Face. Used with permission.

For more information about David Peck’s podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here.

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Mar 11 2020

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Tech Matters, but Voice Prevails: Acclaimed Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

Now & Next
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This episode presents an in-depth conversation with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, one of the world’s most notable Indigenous filmmakers.

She has made over fifty films over the span of her fifty-year career. Her documentary on the 1990 Oka Crisis is among her most widely known works. Now in her late eighties, Alanis has not slowed down. Her 53rd film, Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It also won the ‘Best Canadian Documentary’ award at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival.

So, what does the iconic documentarian make of all the changes afoot in the doc world but of media and technology in general? Find out in this episode of Now & Next as we focus the spotlight on Alanis Obomsawin.

To download a transcript of this episode, to consult the show’s credits and to dive deeper into the topic at hand, visit trends.cmf-fmc.ca.

Oct 15 2019

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MOT - Alanis Obomsawin & Christopher Auchter (September 9th, 2019)

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Sep 12 2019

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158.5: Now is the Time (2019) and Jordan River Anderson - The Messenger (2019) interviews with Christopher Auchter and Alanis Obomsawin

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Continuing with our TIFF 2019 preview series, we were fortunate enough to sit down with filmmakers Christopher Auchter and Alanis Obomsawin to talk about their new documentaries that are premiering at TIFF.

First up is Christopher Auchter’s Now is the Time, a documentary which revisits the subject of a previous NFB documentary This is the time, the work of artist Robert Davidson and the raising of a totem pole for the first time in a community in decades. Combining animation, new interviews, stop motion, and archival footage, it’s an incredibly beautiful statement on the power of art in culture and community.

Secondly, the legendary documentarian Alanis Obomsawin speaks to us about Jordan River Anderson - The Messenger, which digs into the story of Jordan’s Principal, a law created to insure that all Canadian children, have access to the medical care and resources they need. In turns, heartbreaking, enraging, and revelatory, this is one to add to your must see list.

Get your tickets at the TIFF Website and make sure to follow the progress of the films through the NFB.

Sep 04 2019

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Ep. #412: Alanis Obomsawin

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Esteemed documentary filmmaker and indigenous musician Alanis Obomsawin discusses the reissue of her 1988 album, Bush Lady, which is out now on Constellation Records, her work with the NFB, and more! Supported by Pizza Trokadero, the Bookshelf, Planet Bean Coffee, and Grandad's Donuts.

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Jul 26 2018

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Alanis Obomsawin: 85 Years of Resistance

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Alanis Obomsawin is an Abenaki filmmaker who's been challenging Canada's image of itself for the last 50 years. And she got funding from the National Film Board to do it. 

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Nov 02 2017

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Alanis Obomsawin on Why We Need to Listen More

TIFF UNCUT
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Hear from one of our country’s most inspiring artists, who is still making documentaries about her Indigenous community at age 84 At age 84, Alanis Obomsawin is still crafting incisive documentaries about the Indigenous crisis in Canada with over 40 projects to her name in collaboration with the National Film Board. At the heart of her work is the act of listening to other people tell their stories as a way of survival. Her latest work, titled Our People Will Be Healed, is a portrait of the community in one of Manitoba’s largest First Nations populations and will premiere at TIFF ’17. The following audio is a conversation conducted by TIFF Digital Producer Malcolm Gilderdale when Obomsawin’s heartbreaking film We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice played the Festival last year. Hear the filmmaker detail how she first became drawn to telling the stories of her people, why she’s always fought for education, and how being an artist means believing in your own self-worth. You can attend a free screening of her breakthrough 1993 documentary Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance this Sunday, August 27 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, as part of Canada On Screen. Want to hear more inspiring conversations with your favourite filmmakers? Subscribe to TIFF UN/CUT over at iTunes, and please rate and review us!

Aug 22 2017

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"Alanis Obomsawin" Season 2, Ep.2

The Gaze
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In the second episode of our spotlight on Indigenous female filmmakers, we discuss the work of renown Canadian auteur, Alanis Obomsawin. At 85 years of age, Alanis has made 49 films with the National Film Board of Canada, including her most recent documentary "We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice." We had the honour to sit down and chat with Alanis about her filmmaking process, her longstanding relationship with the NFB, and her unrelenting efforts to document the fight for Indigenous rights in Canada.

May 09 2017

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Ep 13: Alanis Obomsawin

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Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has spent four decades and 50 films exploring Indigenous culture and history. Her best known documentary, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, garnered 18 international awards, telling the story of the Mohawk uprising in Oka. In this episode she discusses the power of documentary film to incite change, the art of listening and her definition of success. #banffcentretalks

Dec 23 2015

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