The People of the Kattawapiskak River

Direction
Year
2012
Country
  • Canada
Runtime
50min
Audio Tracks
Subtitles

The people of the Attawapiskat First Nation, a Cree community in northern Ontario, were thrust into the national spotlight in 2012 when the impoverished living conditions on their reserve became an issue of national debate. With The People of the Kattawapiskak River, Abenaki director Alanis Obomsawin quietly attends as community members tell their own story, shedding light on a history of dispossession and official indifference. “Obomsawin’s main objective is to make us see the people of Attawapiskat differently,” said Robert Everett-Green in The Globe & Mail. “The emphasis, ultimately, is not so much on looking as on listening—the first stage in changing the conversation, or in making one possible.” Winner of the 2013 Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, the film is part of a cycle of films that Obomsawin has made on children’s welfare and rights.

Details

  • Original Title
    The People of the Kattawapiskak River
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • Cinematography
    René Sioui Labelle, Martin Duckworth, Philippe Amiguet, Alan Poon, Adam George Makarenko
  • Editing
    Alison Burns
  • Music
    Normand Guilbeault
  • Sound
    Don Ayer
  • Runtime
    50 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2012
  • Country
    • Canada
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal, Canada
    • Canadian Screen Awards
    • Imagine Native Film + Media Arts Festival
    • Yorkton Film Festival
    • Annual American Indian Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary, 2013

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