The Spirit Within

The Spirit Within


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This documentary looks at various Indigenous spirituality programs that run in western Canadian federal penitentiaries, as well as in some provincial institutions. These programs are led by elders, with assistance from liaison officers. They include workshops, ceremonies, and other traditional methods that help put the incarcerated back in touch with themselves, their culture, and their spirituality. A unique glimpse of the lives of Indigenous inmates.

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The Spirit Within, Gil Cardinal & Wil Campbell, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Gil Cardinal
    Wil Campbell
  • producer
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • cinematography
    James Jeffrey
  • sound
    Leon Johnson
  • editing
    Gerald K. Wilson
  • sound editing
    Gerald K. Wilson
  • narrator
    Gil Cardinal

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