The 10th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival for Peace is honoured to host distinguished filmmaker and activist, Alanis Obomsawin.

For more than four decades, Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, has directed and produced documentaries at the National Film Board of Canada that chronicle the struggles and realities of Native people in Canada.

Among her many awards, Alanis was inducted to the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2009, she was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and in 2008. In May of that same year, she was the subject of a special retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is also the subject of the first-ever book on Native filmmakers, titled ‘Alanis Obomsawin: The Vision of a Native Filmmaker’, by Randolph Lewis, published in 2006 by the University of Nebraska Press.

Alanis has received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has also been honoured with a fellowship from the Ontario College of Art, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from York University, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia University and an Honorary Doctor of Literature from Carleton University.

Alanis is currently the Cultural Attaché, First Nations, and Producer-Director at the National Film Board.

On Sunday, March 17th, at 2:30pm, Alanis will be sharing her experience as an Indigenous filmmaker and activist, drawing on the more than 30 documentaries that she has directed during her career. Two of Alanis’ films will also be featured at this year’s festival. The first will be her feature-length documentary, “Kanehsatake: 270 years of Resistance”, which wone 18 international awards and takes the viewer inside the 1990 Mohawk standoff in Kanehsatake near Oka, Quebec. This will be followed by her newest film, “The People of the Kattawapiskak River”, which explores the housing crisis for a Cree community in the James Bay region of northern Ontario.

Featured films by Alanis Obomsawin:

“Kanehsatake: 270 years of Resistance” (1993)
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“The People of the Kattawapiskak River”(2012)
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