WABAN-AKI: PEOPLE FROM WHERE THE SUN RISES
WABAN-AKI: PEOPLE FROM WHERE THE SUN RISES (Canada, 2006, 104 min.)
Award-winning Native American filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin returns to her roots in the Abenaki community of Odanak, Quebec to create a vivid portrait of her own people in the latest of her films exploring the history and evolution of aboriginal communities in North America. Through painstaking research and extensive interviews, she investigates how a people that once occupied much of what we now call New England, the Maritimes and southeastern Quebec could have been so severely reduced in numbers. Chronicling the lives of a group of people who have suffered from both economic exploitation and discrimination, the film also explores the issue of Native status. The Abenaki’s numbers have diminished due to laws stating that if a woman marries a non-Indian, she and her children are stripped of legal Native status. A powerful fusion of the personal and political, the film includes some beautiful autobiographical touches, such as Obomsawin herself singing. In English and French with English subtitles. Written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin. Produced by Alanis Obomsawin and National Film Board of Canada.
Introduced by Melissa Bisagni, Film & Video Program Manager, National Museum of the American Indian. Discussion with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.
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