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Jordan River Anderson,
The Messenger

Alanis Obomsawin | Feature Documentary
Canada | 2019 | 66 min

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 4:00pm
Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1

Screening will be followed by an extended Q+A.

Alanis Obomsawin’s 53rd film follows the incredible story of Jordan River Anderson. His short life became an issue with the federal and provincial government arguing over who was responsible for his care while in hospital. The lack of support led to the family and Indigenous activist creating “Jordan’s Principle”, legislation that forces equitable access to government-funded services for First Nations. The film features moving testimonials from children who have been affected by the Principle shared with his family.


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Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki) is one of the most prolific Indigenous Filmmakers. Hired by NFB in 1967 as a consultant, she went on to make some of Canada’s landmark documentaries like Incident at Restigouche (1984) and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993). A dynamic and highly acclaimed director, Obomsawin is a force that has helped to make Indigenous cinema what it is today.