Holy Angels

Holy Angels

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In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of the more than 150,000 Indigenous children who were removed from their families and sent to residential school. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child. Villeneuve met Lena through his work as a videographer with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Filmed with a fierce determination to not only uncover history but move past it, Holy Angels speaks of the resilience of a people who have found ways of healing—and of coming home again.

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  • writer
    Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
  • director
    Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
  • featuring
    Lena Wandering Spirit
    Phoenix Alec
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • director of photography
    Amy Belling
  • editor
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • composer
    Wayne Lavallee
  • sound recordist
    Jeff Henschel
    Lisa Kolisnyk
  • choreographer
    Michelle Olson
  • costume designer
    Dawn Mabee
  • sound design
    Chris McIntosh
  • re-recording mixer
    Chris McIntosh
  • executive producer
    Shirley Vercruysse