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Award-winning Native filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin to speak at MSU May 2

April 19, 2011


Award-winning Native filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin of Canada will speak and screen three of her films at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at MSU's Strand Union Ballrooms B and C.   High-Res Available

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Native Canadian documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will speak at Montana State University at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Strand Union Building Ballrooms B&C. This event is free and open to the public.

Obomsawin will screen three of her films: "When All the Leaves Are Gone," "Gene Boy Came Home" and excerpts from "Kanehsatake." The screenings will be followed by a question and answer session with Obomsawin.

Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada's most distinguished filmmakers. She has made more than 30 documentaries about issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. Her latest film is the 2007 National Film Board of Canada documentary, "Gene Boy Came Home," which sees war through the eyes of one survivor, Vietnam War veteran Eugene "Gene Boy" Benedict, who is from her home community of Odanak

In September, Obomsawin was inducted to the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame. Among her other honors and awards are an Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, and 18 international awards for her film "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance." For more information about Kanehsatake, see
http://www.nfb.ca/film/kanehsatake_270_years_of_resistance/. Obomsawin was also the subject of a special retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

"All of my work - whether singing or storytelling or filmmaking - has been to fight for inclusion of our history in the educational system in our country," Obomsawin said. "I wanted schools to be a better place for our children so that they can be honored for who they are and feel good about themselves."

Obomsawin's lecture is part of the MSU College of Letters and Science Distinguished Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Native American Studies Department, the School of Film and Photography, the Diversity Awareness Office, MSU BioRegions Program and the Women's Task Force.

For more information, contact 994-3881.

Phenocia Bauerle (406) 994-6507, phenocia.bauerle@montana.edu