Lost Songs by First Nations filmmakers Clint Tourangeau and Elaine Moyah present the devastating history of the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton through the words of former tuberculosis patients. In the early 20th century, TB became a medical nightmare for First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada. Throughout the country various hospitals specifically for Aboriginal patients were established. The filmmakers talk to the survivors of one such hospital in this 24-minute film.
The Longhouse People film was originally released in 1951 and remains a classic account of the traditional spirituality at Six Nations of the Grand River. It focuses on the lives of selected members of the Sour Springs Longhouse as well as other community members. Charles Cooke originally from Kanehsatake (later moved to Wahta) assisted Allan Wargon in 1950 in the production of the Longhouse People short documentary. The participants of the film show a healing ceremony for a Chief and later a part of the ceremony for raising up a new Chief.
Healing at Lac Ste. Anne is a documentary film that celebrates the annual pilgrimage of Aboriginal Catholics to Lac Ste. Anne in northern Alberta. Oblate missionaries own the site and they express concerns over financial matters as the filmmaker Cindy Bisallon narrates this 48-minute movie. The mixing of catholic and Aboriginal spirituality is shown. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact [email protected] or phone: 1-800-542-2164
Abenaki man from Odanak joined U.S. Marines during Vietnam War and filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin captures his healing process after his return home. Widescreen format with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact [email protected] or phone: 1-800-542-2164
Flight from Darkness is a co-production of Eleventh Hour Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada. This remarkable documentary follows the everyday life of Dene mathematician Percy Paul and his continuing challenge of living with bipolar disorder. Paul grew up in a small Dene community in northern Saskatchewan and started school when he was three. His academic achievements took him to Princeton where he worked on string theory, quantum field theory and black holes. In addition he excelled at sports and won his distance running events at the Indigenous Games.
First Stories: Volume 1 is a compilation DVD produced by the National Film Board of Canada. This DVD contains 4 documentary short films made by Aboriginal filmmakers from Manitoba. They were selected to write and direct their films proposal with the assistance of the NFB, CBC Manitoba, Manitoba Film & Sound and Telefilm Canada. The first film is Patrick Ross directed by Ervin Chartrand. Ross is an ex-convict who learned about First Nations art while he was in lock-down at Stony Mountain Institution.
Documentary about the role of cross-country skiing in the Gwich'in community of Old Crow and how parents took steps to keep their children healthy and active. This Yukon community faced increased rates of obesity and diabetes and turned to skiing as a way to keep their youth active and build their self-esteem in the process.
The Long Walk DVD was produced by the National Film Board of Canada about the life of Ken Ward, the first Native Canadian to go public with his HIV diagnosis. Years later when he developed AIDS, Ward remains an activist of HIV prevention and treatment. Working primarily with First Nations, he travels across Canada taking his message of tolerance and understanding to reserve, urban and prison communities. Powerful scenes involving persons with HIV/AIDS bring the message of hope and guidance to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Sigwan is a short DVD directed by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. The story shows a young Native girl named Sigwanis rejected by her classmates who are outdoors listening to a Native storyteller. Sigwanis leaves the group and heads to the woods where she is befriended by bears who explain why she is a valuable person and should return to her family. The bears protect and comfort her over night and the take her back to her family. The bears in this film are portrayed by actors wearing bear masks with long blankets.
Spirit Doctors is a DVD by first-time documentary filmmaker with the National Film Board, Marie Burke. She wrote and directed this personal exploration of First Nations healing practices. She chose to work with Okanagan Elders and healers, Mary and Ed Louie. Issues surrounding appropriation and the ethics of recording sacred healing ceremonies are at the heart of this film. Mary and Ed Louie welcome the filmmaker and her crew to their Okanagan home.