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Waban-Aki : peuple du soleil levant

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 2006 (documentary, 104 minutes, French)
Also known as "Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises"
Waban-Aki : peuple du soleil levant
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"Yvonne M'Sadoques rocks forward in her chair. She's lived in the Abenaki community of Odanak for over a century - and has no shortage of stories to tell. 'The priest would march into our home and order us to stop dancing. We were going to the devil, he said.' She pauses, a humorous glint in her eye. 'But you know - I don't really believe in the devil. Do you?' M'Sadoques is in conversation with Alanis Obomsawin, another of Odanak's proud daughters - and one of Canada's leading documentary filmmakers. Obomsawin's illustrious career comes full circle with Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises. Having dedicated nearly four decades to chronicling the lives of Canada's First Nations, she returns to the village where she was raised to craft a lyric account of her own people."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Alanis Obomsawin, Sally Bochner
Film Editing: Alison Burns
Music: Francis Grandmont
Production Company: Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada
(sources)

Quote by the Director

"I always wanted to do something with my own people. But I was busy with other stories that urgently needed to be done. I am 74. I am still healthy, and I felt that now is the time to do it."
-- Alanis Obomsawin (source)

Quote about Waban-Aki : peuple du soleil levant [in French]

"C'est justement pour se rappeler les luttes passées, les victoires présentes et un avenir toujours incertain qu'Alanis Obomsawin tenait à réaliser Waban-Aki : peuple du soleil levant. Ce film sur son peuple, elle le destine d'abord aux jeunes, trop souvent coupés de leur histoire."
-- André Lavoie (source)

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