20 Facts About Alanis Obomsawin


Alanis Obomsawin is a member of Film Fatales independent women filmmakers.

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In 1960, Alanis Obomsawin made her professional debut as a singer-songwriter in New York City.

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Alanis Obomsawin's was featured on the Canadian Broadcasting television program, Telescope, regarding her campaign to found a swimming pool for native reserve.

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Alanis Obomsawin's managed her own stage at the Mariposa Folk Festival in the 1960s.

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Alanis Obomsawin's went on to direct films of her own, while continuing to perform and fight for justice for her people.

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Alanis Obomsawin directed her first documentary for the NFB, Christmas at Moose Factory, in 1971.

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Alanis Obomsawin's filmed an entire series of films about a 1990 Oka crisis.

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In 2005, Ms Alanis Obomsawin completed her short drama Sigwan, following a young girl who is aided by the animals of the forest.

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In 2010, Alanis Obomsawin completed a short drama When All the Leaves are Gone, about her experiences attending public school in Quebec.

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Alanis Obomsawin began conceptualizing the film in 2010 when she was invited by Stan Louttit, Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Council, to film a conference the band was hosting regarding Treaty No 9.

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Alanis Obomsawin was named as that year's recipient of TIFF's Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media.

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Alanis Obomsawin taught at the Summer Institute of Film and Television in Ottawa.

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Alanis Obomsawin was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for 2013.

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Alanis Obomsawin's is a highly distinguished documentary filmmaker, and her prolific, internationally acclaimed output for the National Film Board, spanning almost fifty years, has addressed a huge range of themes and issues relating to Canada's Indigenous peoples.

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Alanis Obomsawin's has had long careers as a singer-songwriter and visual artist devoted to telling Indigenous stories.

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In March 2001, Alanis Obomsawin received a Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

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Alanis Obomsawin has chaired the board of directors of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal and sat on the Canada Council's First People's Advisory Board.

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Alanis Obomsawin's was a board member of Studio 1, the NFB's Aboriginal studio, and a former advisor to the New Initiatives in Film, a Studio D program for women of colour and women of the First Nations.

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In May 2017 Alanis Obomsawin received an honorary doctorate from McGill University's School of Continuing Studies.

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The catalog Alanis Obomsawin: Lifework was produced on the occasion of the exhibition.

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