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Closing Night Gala


The Road Forward

Marie Clements | Canada | 2017 | 101 min | pg | Documentary Feature

Sunday, 22 October 2017 | 7.15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
Screening as part of Closing Night Gala  

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You’ve never seen anything like this before. Marie Clements’ remarkable, stunning musical documentary takes us on a journey through time to tell the story of contemporary Indigenous civil rights in Canada. Using the talents of some of our greatest singers and musicians, this feature brings forward the story of The Native Voice, the country’s first Indigenous newspaper, and how this revolutionary publication helped nurture generations of activists and give birth to a movement. Fuelled by legendary leaders such as Shuswap Grand Chief George Manuel, the Constitution Express - an unprecedented grassroots activist movement born on the West Coast and a literal train journey from Vancouver to Ottawa - changed Canada forever and enshrined Indigenous rights in the Canadian constitution. Marie Clements beautifully connects stories of activism with the lives of Indigenous musicians to tell an inspirational story of legacy, pride, and strength. The Road Forward delivers a perfect message for our times: build on the achievements of our shared past to create a better tomorrow.

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Marie Clements (Métis/Dene) is an award-winning visionary writer, director and producer of film, television, radio, new media and live performance. Her work as a filmmaker includes the award-winning 2015 docudrama Number 14 and the 2013 short drama Pilgrims, which screened at imagineNATIVE, TIFF and Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent program at the Cannes Market. Her short documentary The Language of Love was an official selection at imagineNATIVE and Hot Docs in 2012. The film production of Clements’s screenplay Unnatural and Accidental premiered at the MoMA Film Festival in New York and also screened at TIFF. She is currently at work on a dramatic feature film.