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When All the Leaves Are Gone

Directed by Alanis Obomsawin
Canada, 2010 (fiction, 17 minutes)
Also known as "Quand toutes les feuilles seront tombées"
When All the Leaves Are Gone
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"As the only First Nations student in an all-white 1940s school, eight-year old Wato is keenly aware of the hostility towards her. She deeply misses the loving environment of the reserve she once called home, and her isolation is sharpened by her father's serious illness. When Wato's teacher reads from a history book describing First Nations peoples as ignorant and cruel, it aggravates her classmates' prejudice. Shy and vulnerable Wato becomes the target of their bullying and abuse. Alone in her suffering, she finds solace and strength in the protective world of her magical dreams. Inspired by personal experiences of writer and director Alanis Obomsawin, When All the Leaves Are Gone combines autobiography, fiction and fable to create a deeply moving story about the power of dreams. "
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alanis Obomsawin
Produced by: Alanis Obomsawin, Ravida Din
Film Editing: Alison Burns
Music: Luc-Dominique Tremblay, Normand Guilbeault
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
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