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Behind the Screen

Masterclass With Alanis Obomsawin

Year 2016
Runtime 110 mins

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Alanis Obomsawin has an impressive resume of films, and will be at CIFF to present her most recent documentary WE CAN’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE. Join Mount Royal film studies students as we learn about Alanis’ experiences working in film, her approach and more about creating this hard-hitting documentary. 


Alanis Obomsawin
Director Bio
Alanis Obomsawin is a member of the Abenaki Nation and one of Canada’s foremost documentary filmmakers. Over the span of her nearly 50-year career, she has directed some 50 films with the National Film Board of Canada. Her multi-award-winning work, which gives a voice to Canada’s First Nations people, includes her 1993 feature documentary, Kanesatake: 270 Years of Resistance, and Hi-Ho Mistahey!, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival Film (TIFF) in 2013. Obomsawin’s latest project, We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, documents the nine-year legal saga in which Native Canadians battled the federal government to secure the same services for their children as enjoyed by other children across the country.