Gene Boy Came Home

This short documentary by celebrated filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin is a portrait of Eugene "Gene Boy" (pronounced Genie Boy) Benedict, from Odanak Indian Reserve (near Montreal, Quebec). At 17, he enlisted in the US Marines and was sent to the frontlines of the Vietnam War. This film is the account of his 2 years of service and his long journey back to Odanak afterwards.

This film contains scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Alanis Obomsawin
Alison Burns
Philippe Amiguet
location sound
Raymond Marcoux
original music
Francis Grandmont
Georgette Obomsawin
sound editing
Don Ayer
Jean Paul Vialard
Alanis Obomsawin
Katherine Kasirer
Alanis Obomsawin
executive producer
Ravida Din


  • NativeFilmFan

    “What a sad story!! :'''(( I cried throughout the whole thing!!” — NativeFilmFan, 14 Jan 2013

  • SusanD

    “An intelligent, beautiful film. A gift. Thank you Alanis. I wish i could say "Thank you" to Gene Boy. Peace. Sue” — SusanD, 24 Feb 2011

  • nadianichols

    “Thank you, Gene Boy, for helping me to understand my father's hell. I hope that wherever you are, you are home, and have found peace.” — nadianichols, 23 Feb 2011

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