"[Alanis Obomsawin's] work demystifies notions of disinterested observation in cinéma direct by inscribing her presence in the film, as narrator and subject. [...] Her work subverts the objectifying tendencies of the social documentary by revealing a heartfelt respect for the past and present of the people she has filmed."
-- Zuzana Pick
Pick, Zuzana. "Storytelling and Resistance: The Documentary Practice of Alanis Obomsawin." In Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women's Cinema, edited by Kay Armatage, Kass Banning, Brenda Longfellow, and Janine Marchessault. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. (p. 77)