Alanis Obomsawin
(Canada)

One of the most acclaimed Indigenous directors in the world, Alanis Obomsawin came to cinema from performance and storytelling. Hired by the NFB as a consultant in 1967, she has created an extraordinary body of work—more than 50 films and counting—including landmark documentaries like Incident at Restigouche (1984) and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993). The Abenaki director has received numerous international honours and in 2019 was named a Companion of the Order of Canada—its highest distinction. “My main interest all my life has been education,” says Obomsawin, “because that’s where you develop yourself, where you learn to hate, or to love.”

Filmography
Incident at Restigouche
1984
Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child
1986
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
1993
My Name is Kahentiiosta
1995
Spudwrench – Kahnawake Man
1997
Rocks at Whiskey Trench
2000
Is the Crown At War With Us?
2002
Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises
2006
Gene Boy Came Home
2007
The People of the Kattawapiskak River
2012
Hi-Ho Mistahey!
2013
Trick or Treaty?
2014
We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice
2016
Our People Will Be Healed
2017
Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger
2019

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