Jan 29, 2018 | 1:00 pm
Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child (1986 | 29 min), by Alanis Obomsawin
This short documentary is a moving tribute to Richard Cardinal, a Métis adolescent who committed suicide in 1984. Taken from his home at the age of 4 due to family problems, he spent the rest of his 17 short years moving in and out of 28 foster homes, group homes and shelters in Alberta. A sensitive, articulate young man, Richard Cardinal left behind a diary upon which this film is based.
Foster Child (1987 | 43 min), by Gil Cardinal
In this documentary, filmmaker Gil Cardinal searches for his biological family to try and understand how he ended up in foster care as an infant. In his search, Cardinal encounters frustration and loss, but eventually finds answers and a new appreciation of his Métis culture.
1pm: Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child, 1:45pm: Foster Child
In collaboration with CCUNESCO.