Sigwan tells the touching story of a young girl who is comforted and counselled by the animals of the forest. Written and directed by distinguished filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, the film addresses issues of exclusion and prejudice that exist within many communities worldwide. Visually breathtaking and in High-Definition, Sigwan is a simple, transformative parable of acceptance.
Ages 8 to 16
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges
How does filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin go about depicting exclusion and prejudice? Does the representation of the circle among Canada’s First Peoples turn up in other cultures? If yes, name those peoples, and explain the significance of the circle in each of them. (The teacher should compare students’ answers.) How does Obomsawin illustrate the relationships between humans and animals from the Native perspective? What can we learn from the parable about recognition?