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Month of the Métis - Richard Cardinal & Places Not Our Own


Free Admission | Saturday, October 02 - 7 PM CST | Canada | 1986 | 90min | STC | Directed by Alanis Obomsawin & Derek Mazur

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Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child
Alanis Obomsawin 1986, 29 min

Richard Cardinal died by his own hand at the age of 17, having spent most of his life in a string of foster homes and shelters across Alberta. In this short documentary, Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin weaves excerpts from Richard’s diary into a powerful tribute to his short life. Released in 1984—decades before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission—the film exposed the systemic neglect and mistreatment of Indigenous children in Canada’s child welfare system. Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 1986 American Indian Film Festival, the film screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2008 as part of an Obomsawin retrospective, and continues to be shown around the world.

Places Not Our Own
Derek Mazur, 1986, 57 min

Part of the Daughters of the Country series, this dramatic film set in 1929 depicts how Canada's West, home to generations of Métis, was taken over by the railroads and new settlers. As a result, the Métis became a forgotten people, forced to eke out a living as best they could. At the forefront is Rose, a woman determined to provide her children with a normal life and an education despite the odds. But due to their harsh circumstances, a devastating and traumatic event transpires instead.


Oct 2 2021, 7:00pm


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