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Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises

Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises

| 1 h 44 min

In this feature-length documentary from Alanis Obomsawin, the filmmaker returns to the village where she was raised to craft a lyrical account of her own people. After decades of tirelessly recording others' stories, she focuses this film on her own.

  • writer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • director
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • editor
    Alison Burns
  • camera
    Philippe Amiguet
  • camera assistant
    Sébastien Cassou
    Denis Fortier
    Yvan Gekoff
  • location sound
    Raymond Marcoux
    Ismaël Cordeiro
  • original music
    Francis Grandmont
  • musician
    Francis Grandmont
    Normand Guilbeault
    Christine Molnor
    Claude Vendette
  • traditional song
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Ambroise Obomsawin
  • digital imaging
    Louise Overy
  • voice
    Anthony Robinow
    Keith Ravenheart
  • artist
    Georgette Obomsawin
    Christine Sioui Wawanoloath
  • map design
    Katy Silverstone
  • stills photographer
    André Gill
  • etchings
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • sound editing
    Don Ayer
  • technical support - editing
    Danielle Raymond
    Chaz Oliver
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • digital input of archival images
    Jean-Marc Brosseau
  • digital imaging assistant
    Pierre Landry
    Ochelle Greenidge
  • subtitles
    Zoé Major
    Frances Beames
  • production assistant
    Nicole Bibeau
    Frederick Wiseman
    Watie Akins
    Rodrigo Brinckhaus
    Gail Nicholas
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • technician sound operation centre
    Daniel Trépanier
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • administration
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • production administration assistant
    Christine Williams
  • post-production coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
    Linda Payette
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner


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Ages 12 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Geography - Territory: Indigenous
Indigenous Studies - Arts
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society

This film may be studied in conjunction with two other films by Alanis Obomsawin as a unit on Indigenous rights, assimilation and government disputes. Refer to Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Metis Child and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance. Obomsawin’s films have been called “a powerful fusion of the personal and political.” Determine and discuss the common thread that ties Obomsawin’s films together. Suggest how the community’s elders might have reacted to these films, in light of how some Indigenous people were represented.

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