UNAVAILABLE Our City Our Voices: Follow the Eagle and Slo-Pitch video contains two short documentaries created by Aboriginal youth in Vancouver's Eastside. As a training project the youth got to tell stories about their city and the result is one about the role of Elders and the other about the importance of sports. During the summer of 2004 the youth documented the results of the Aboriginal Front Door's program to develop and nurture Elders in Vancouver.
UNAVAILABLE Sigwan is a short video 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.
UNAVAILABLE Inuit Games is one of the videos in the National Film Board's 13-part series, My Brand New Life. In this series, each participant explores personal prejudices as he or she is challenged to explore another culture. Eric is a teen athlete from a middle class family in Montreal. He has the opportunity to travel to Kangiqsualujjuaq in northern Quebec and participate in the Inuit Games. Eric is introduced and he explains that his chosen sports are soccer and cycling. He and his friends try to say the Inuit village name Kangiqsualujjuaq.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available in VHS format. It is now available in DVD format. The Sniffing Bear (L'Ours renifleur) is an animated 8-minute video that raises awareness in children about the harmful effects of substance abuse. Award-winning producer Co Hoedeman took the advice of Native inmates at La Macaza Institution who requested a film for Native youth about the hazards of drug and alcohol abuse. The result is the film set in the Arctic where a polar bear, snowy owl and seal see first-hand the effects of gas sniffing.
No Address by Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin tackles the issue of Native homelessness in Montreal in 1980s. Many First Nations individuals arrive in Montreal searching for a better life through education and employment but often find themselves without money, friends or a home. Some find their way to the Native Friendship Centre and its programs that assist Native clients and their transition to the urban area. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada.
For John is a recent National Film Board of Canada release that deals with the impact of suicide on a tightly-knit Mohawk family. John Diabo (1967-1998) was a vibrant and generous Mohawk man from the community of Kahnawake, Quebec. In this moving documentary the family of John Diabo comes forward four years following his suicide to share their memories, their grief and their continuing disbelief. The film was written and directed by Dale Montour, John's aunt. In this documentary she uses family photographs and video clips and interweaves these images with family testimony.
Circles explores the criminal justice system of the Yukon that offers sentencing circles as an alternative to the standard criminal justice format. The documentary presents the alternative system through the voices of a judge, criminals, victims, and members of the families of offender and victim. Instead of an offender appearing before a judge or jury with legal counsel, the offender and victim meet in a sentencing circle. Together with families, peers, elders and community members, the circle seeks to allow the balance of harmony to return to the community.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from The Washing of Tears is a powerful documentary about the impact of industrialization of Native culture and the triumphant cultural renewal in one British Columbia First Nation. The loss of a cultural shrine, the Whaler's Shrine, from the Mowachaht of Friendly Cove in 1903 symbolized their decline as a people and culture. The artifact became part of the museum collection of the New York Museum of Natural History.