Alanis Obomsawin | Canada, 1988 | 56 min
Alanis Obomsawin | Canada, 1977 | 57 min
Co-presented by Telefilm Canada, Constellation Records, and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
In conjunction with a performance by Obomsawin at this year’s edition, Film POP presents two retrospective screenings of her film work, No Address (1988) and Mother of Many Children (1977). With No Address, Obomsawin examines the struggles of the many Indigenous people who were coming to Montreal in the 1980s, searching for jobs and other opportunities. Arriving without money or friends, many of them quickly became part of the city’s homeless population, dislocated from their traditional values and alienated from the city at large. Obomsawin also shines a light on the few Montreal organizations attempting to support these individuals.
In her first feature-length documentary, Mother of Many Children (1977), Obomsawin honours the central place of women and mothers within Indigenous cultures. Portraying proud matriarchal cultures that for centuries have been pressured to adopt the standards and customs of the dominant settler society, the film functions as an album of Indigenous womanhood.
A Q&A with the filmmaker will follow the screening.