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Mother of Many Children

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 1977 (documentary, 58 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Mère de tant d'enfants"

Film Description:
"This film is an album of Native womanhood, portraying a proud matriarchal society that for centuries has been pressured to adopt different standards and customs. All of the women featured share a belief in the importance of tradition as a source of strength in the face of change."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Alanis Obomsawin, Don Hopkins, Douglas MacDonald
Narrator: Alanis Obomsawin
Cinematography: Don Virgo, Bob Ridgell, Laval Fortier
Film Editing: John Laing
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada
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"Mother of Many Children is a subtle document of female empowerment. It begins with an epigraph claiming that there is no he or she in Native languages, gently establishing a feminist theme that is inherent rather than overt."
-- Randolph Lewis (source)

"While documenting how First Nations women experience life from birth to old age, the film [Mother of Many Children] situates the multiple ways in which First Nations women's identities and experiences have been historically shaped and articulated."
-- Zuzana Pick (source)

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