The Road Forward + Rupture

XII. New Voices, New Stories
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The Road Forward
Canada 2017. Dir: Marie Clements. 101 min. DCP

Vancouver-born Métis/Dene playwright and director Marie Clements’s soulful musical documentary connects several key moments in the history of First Nations activism in Canada — including the launch of the Native Voice newspaper in the 1940s and the Indian Constitution Express protest train of 1980 — with the ongoing fight for Indigenous civil rights. Performed by an ensemble of prominent Indigenous musicians and vocalists, the film originated as a live piece commissioned for the 2010 Olympics; a full theatrical production was presented at the PuSh Festival in 2015. “A powerful celebration of song and spirit ... Simultaneously a piece of B.C. First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism” (Dorothy Woodend, DOXA).


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Rupture
Canada/Jordan 2017. Dir: Yassmina Karajah. 19 min. DCP

In Jordanian-born UBC alumnus Yassmina Karajah’s moving film, named Best B.C. Short at VIFF, four Arab kids set out on a hot day to find a public swimming pool in their new Canadian home.

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Introduced by Dorothy Woodend, film critic for The Tyee and Senior Programming Advisor, DOXA Documentary Film Festival