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THE ROAD FORWARD

THE ROAD FORWARD

MARIE CLEMENTS · Canada · 2017 · 101 mins · NOT RATED
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Dec 11 7:00 & 9:00pm
Dec 12 7:00 & 9:00pm

An embarrassment of riches regarding the political, cultural, and day-to-day life of Canada’s First Nations people, particularly in this region. This deluxe-looking NFB documentary was is by Marie Clements, who connected with the Native Brotherhood, an advocacy group that, despite the name, empowered many women in this matrilineal mix of West Coast cultures.

The surviving men and women of the group provide powerful testimonials, blended with contemporary artists, writers, and musicians. These include Vancouver stalwarts Shakti Hayes and Russell Wallace, playwright Corey Payette, and hip-hop artist Ronnie Dean Harris, among many others, all contributing to catchy songs by Manitoba composer Wayne Lavallee.

The well-produced tunes are presented as illustrative music videos, informal performances, background to older footage, and concert settings that fittingly blend anger, self-assertion, and pure celebration. 

Whatever your own background, you’re likely to come away from this Road saying—as an elderly participant recalls “How come I didn’t know these things?” If the film is too much of a good thing, it just shows what we’ve been missing. --Georgia Straight

Cast Evan Leslie Adams, Patti Allan
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