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Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger Alanis Obomsawin

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Jordan River Anderson, le messager

For years, filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has been documenting Indigenous peoples’ struggle to secure the same rights for their children as all other Canadians enjoy. Her 53rd film takes the infamous case of Jordan River Anderson, a child with a serious muscular condition. Jordan died in 2005 without leaving the hospital, because of the lack of an agreement between the federal and Manitoba governments. The case gave rise to “Jordan’s Principle,” allowing equal access to public services for Indigenous children. Based on archival footage and numerous interviews, the filmmaker immortalizes Jordan’s life and the legal struggle that led, with great difficulty, to a policy addressing the most fundamental of human rights.

Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger

  • Country : Canada (Quebec)
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : English, Cree
  • Subtitles : French or English
  • Duration : 66 MIN
  • Cinematography : Martin Duckworth, Maarten Kroonenburg, Ben Low, Kent Nason, Pedro Ruiz, René Sioui Labelle
  • Editing : Alison Burns
  • Production : Alanis Obomsawin
  • Music : Lauren Bélec, Michel Dubeau
  • Sound Design : Don Ayer
Filmography of Alanis Obomsawin :

Kanehsatake : 270 ans de résistance (1993)
La Couronne cherche-t-elle à nous faire la guerre ? (2002)
Gene Boy revient chez lui (2007)
Le peuple de la rivière Kattawapistak (2012)
Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013)
Trick or Treaty? (2014)
We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016)
Our People Will Be Healed (2017)

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