Events and Conferences

Calgary International Film Festival Masterclass with Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin has an impressive resume of films, and will be at Calgary International Film Festival to present her most recent documentary We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice. Join Mount Royal University's Film Studies students as we learn about Alanis' experiences working in film, her approach and more about creating this hard-hitting documentary.

Event DetailsTues. Sept. 27
2 p.m.

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Jenkins Theatre, I115
Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW


We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice

2016 | 2 h 43 min

In 2007, the Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations filed a landmark discrimination complaint against Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. They argued that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves and in Yukon were underfunded and inferior to services offered to other Canadian children. Veteran director Alanis Obomsawin's documentary We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice documents this epic court challenge, giving voice to the tenacious childcare workers at its epicentre.

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About the DirectorAlanis 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.

This is a community partnership between Mount Royal University and the Calgary International Film Festival.