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| 40 min

In 1977, the James Bay Festival took place over nine days in Montreal. This historic one-of-a-kind event was held in support of the James Bay Cree whose territory, resources and culture were threatened by the expansion of hydro-electric dams. First Nations, Métis and Inuit performers came from across North America to show their support in an act of Indigenous unity and solidarity few people in Montreal had ever witnessed. Rarely seen early performances by legendary Indigenous artists Gordon Tootoosis, Tom Jackson, Duke Redbird, Willie Dunn and director Alanis Obomsawin herself are interspersed with testimonies of members of the James Bay Cree. Their stories reveal first-hand experiences of the negative impacts of capitalistic expansion on Cree land.

  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Wolf Koenig
  • associate producer
    Dorothy Courtois
  • photography
    Bob Charlie
    Buckley Petawabano
  • sound
    Albert Canadien
  • editing
    Jeanette Lerman
    Buckley Petawabano
    Daniel Wapachee
    Judith Merritt
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei


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