The Truth & ReconciliACTION film series is back with six new films and a brand new time: Fridays at 2:30 p.m.
The Library introduced the series in Fall 2017 as a way to address some of the recommendations from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and its 94 Calls to Action, including providing educational opportunities on the history and culture of Indigenous people, and the history and legacy of residential schools.
This term's films include We Were Children, which tells the story of the terrible impact of Canada's residential school system, told by two survivors who suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse. There will be a smudging ceremony in the Library Theatre after this film on Feb. 9.
Birth of a Family (Feb. 16) tells the story of three sisters and a brother who meet for the first time after growing up in adoptive families. The children were taken from their young Dene mother as part of the infamous "Sixties Scoop" in Canada, which took Indigenous children from their mothers and placed them in foster care or adoptive homes.
Water Warriors, screened March 2, documents the successful efforts of a community and activists to protect their water and stop hydraulic fracturing. After the film, the Library is planning a discussion with activists who were on the front lines of the fracking resistance near Elsipogtog.
The final two films of the term explore popular culture issues. "More Than a Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than a Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation."(Publisher's information.)
And in Reel Injun, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond "...takes an entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Indigenous people throughout a century of cinema. Featuring hundreds of clips from old classics as well as recent releases, the film traces the evolution of the 'Hollywood Indian.' Diamond guides the audience on a journey across America to some of cinema’s most iconic landscapes and conducts candid interviews with celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson and Jim Jarmusch. The film is a loving look at cinema through the eyes of the people who appeared in its very first flickering images and have survived to tell their stories in their own way." (Publisher's information).
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