Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
2019, Canada, 65 min

Thu, Nov 7 / 7 pm | Cinematheque


Alanis Obomsawin’s remarkable 53rd film documents the story of a young boy forced to spend all five years of his short life in hospital while the federal and provincial governments argued over which was responsible for his care, as well as the long struggle of Indigenous activists to force the Canadian government to enforce “Jordan’s Principle” — the promise that no First Nations children would experience inequitable access to government-funded services again.

Plays with When the Children Left / Directed by Charlene Moore, 2019, 11 min / For generations, children have been forced to leave their communities. After losing her sister, Angelina McLeod embarks on a healing journey to honour her.

Sponsored by Manitoba Film & Music.