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Cinema Night Film & Discussion featuring "The Road Forward"

  • Omineca Arts Centre 369 Victoria Street Prince George Canada (map)

We're excited to screen our first Cinema Night at Omineca!
We will be screening films bi-weekly on Thursday evenings followed by a discussion period. 

October 25th 2018 kicks it off featuring:
"The Road Forward" by Marie Clements 
2017 | 101 min 09 sec 

All Ages welcome. 
Entry by donation - no one turned away

This screening is made possible through the NFB Wide Awake Indigenous Film Series

Synopsis
In this inspired musical documentary, writer/director Marie Clements connects a major turning point in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

Interviews with key members of Canada’s oldest First Nations organizations, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, reveal the starkly racist politics that inspired the movement as well as how a humble newspaper became a powerful force for change. The Native Voice established a lifeline between the First Nations of British Columbia, uniting them to advocate socially, politically and legally in order to effect profound change on a national level.

The documentary’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, bring to life the past 80 years of politics and protest on the West Coast and across the country. Inspired by articles from The Native Voice, the superbly produced story-songs range from heartbreaking ballads about the missing and murdered Indigenous women to inspirational anthems for moving forward, seamlessly connecting past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats.

Interwoven throughout the documentary are deeply moving interviews with the musicians and singers speaking intimately about what it means politically and personally to be contemporary First Nations artists, and the passion behind their work.

The Road Forward is a rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.


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DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2017

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American Indian Film Festival San Francisco 2017

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ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2017

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Montreal First Peoples Festival 2018