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Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin – Lighting the Fire: Programme 2— Digital Second Screening (2021)

  • Special Events
  • 1h 30m
  • Canada

This programme contains scenes that may distress some viewers, especially those who have experienced harm, abuse, violence, and/or intergenerational trauma due to colonial practices. The films may also include audio and/or video of persons who are deceased.

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Performance and protest merge in this programme illustrating how culture and traditions contribute to Indigenous resistance.

Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin is co-presented by the National Film Board of Canada.

Playing as part of this programme:

Moose Call

Atikamekw Elders demonstrate the beautiful horn that is vital to their culture and community, in this entry in Obomsawin’s early-’70s Manawan series.


This document of a nine-day event in solidarity with the James Bay Cree features a musical performance from the director herself.

Incident at Restigouche

This impassioned account of police raids on Mi’kmaq fisheries further galvanized the connection between Alanis Obomsawin’s activism and her art.