Jun 21, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Maq and the Spirit of the Woods (2006 | 8 min), by Phyllis Grant
This animated short tells the story of Maq, a Mi’gmaq boy who realizes his potential with the help of inconspicuous mentors. When an elder in the community offers him a small piece of pipestone, Maq carves a little person out of it. Proud of his work, the boy wants to impress his grandfather and journeys through the woods to find him. Along the path Maq meets a curious traveller named Mi’gmwesu. Together they share stories, medicine, laughter and song. Maq begins to care less about making a good impression and more about sharing the knowledge and spirit he’s found through his creation.
Vistas Series (2009 | 35 min)
Vistas is a series of short films on the subject of nationhood. From Halifax to Vancouver, every production studio in the NFB’s English Program participated in this project, resulting in 13 unique films from 13 Aboriginal filmmakers.
The Road Forward (2017 | 101 min), by Marie Clements
The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.
Watch the trailer here.
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