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No Address

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 1988 (documentary, 56 minutes, English)
Also known as "Sans adresse"
No Address
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Many Native people come to Montréal searching for jobs and a better life. They come without money, without friends, without jobs, and very quickly become part of the homeless population that lives on the streets. In No Address, Native filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin examines the plight of these people--dislocated from their traditional values, alienated from the rest of the population, torn between staying and returning home. She also looks at the Montréal Native Friendship Centre and other organizations that are attempting to help these individuals."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Marrin Canell, Alanis Obomsawin, Colin Neale
Film Editing: Marrin Canell
Music: Dominique Tremblay
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada
(sources)

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"Working in a classic mode of documentary, [Alanis] Obomsawin exposes an overlooked social problem and reveals how ordinary Native men and women have become orphans of the city. She profiles young Native women who leave their reserves and find themselves on cold urban streets, disconnected from family, tradition, and even social services that might help them -- the title refers to the inability of the welfare system to even locate many street people."
-- Randolph Lewis (source)

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