A Series of Free Public Events with Alanis Obomsawin

Indigenous Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

The Rogers Multicultural Film Production Project at UBC presents a series of FREE public events with Governor General’s Award recipient Alanis Obomsawin, one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers.

Alanis Obomsawin is a member of the Abenaki Nation, She began her career as a singer, writer and storyteller, but dove into filmmaking in 1967 with Christmas at Moose Factory. Her early 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.

Ms. Obomsawin is best known for her feature-length film on the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Kanehsatake and Oka: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), which won 18 international awards.

Most recently, Ms. Obomsawin directed the 2007 National Film Board of Canada documentary Gene Boy Came Home, about Vietnam War veteran Eugene “Gene Boy” Benedict, from her home community of Odanak.

Master Class In Documentary Filmmaking

Tuesday March 6, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Emily Carr University, Aboriginal Gathering Place, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island

This master class led by Alanis Obomsawin is open to the public. Hosted by Emily Carr University and the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. Admission FREE!

Fireside Chat

Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00 PM
St. John’s College, UBC, 2111 Lower Mall

Engage in a casual conversation with award winning filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. Hosted by St. John’s College and the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. Admission FREE!

In Conversation

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Dorothy Somerset Studio Theatre, UBC, 6361 University Boulevard

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Alanis Obomsawin as she discusses her life-long career as a filmmaker, artist and activist. Hosted by UBC Department of Theatre and Film Admission. FREE! ~ Bring your lunch!


Ms. Obomsawin is engaging in these lectures and appearances in her role as the UBC Film Production Program’s Phil Lind Multicultural Artist in Residence, part of the UBC Rogers Multicultural Film Production Project. For more information see www.film.ubc.ca

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