Lost Songs by First Nations filmmakers Clint Tourangeau and Elaine Moyah present the devastating history of the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton through the words of former tuberculosis patients. In the early 20th century, TB became a medical nightmare for First Nations and Inuit communities in Canada. Throughout the country various hospitals specifically for Aboriginal patients were established. The filmmakers talk to the survivors of one such hospital in this 24-minute film.
Aboriginality is a 2008 DVD produced for the National Film Board. This DVD is a 13-minute short film combining live action and animation. The DVD explores the hoop dancing abilities of Dallas Arcand, a Plains Cree hoop dancer and hip-hop artist. Created to appeal to urban First Nation youth the story connects the mainstream urban media with the traditions of Cree culture. This hopeful film provides an inspiring look at a young man who combines technology and his cultural traditions in the interview sequence.This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada.
The Long Walk DVD was produced by the National Film Board of Canada about the life of Ken Ward, the first Native Canadian to go public with his HIV diagnosis. Years later when he developed AIDS, Ward remains an activist of HIV prevention and treatment. Working primarily with First Nations, he travels across Canada taking his message of tolerance and understanding to reserve, urban and prison communities. Powerful scenes involving persons with HIV/AIDS bring the message of hope and guidance to people living with HIV/AIDS.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Running Brave is a biopic video produced by Englander Productions in 1983 about the Lakota distance runner, Billy Mills. Cast includes Robby Benson as Billy Mills, August Schellenberg as Billy's father, and Graham Greene as Eddie Mills, with George Clutesi, Margo Kane and Denis Lacroix in supporting roles. The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Gold Medalist in the 10,000 meter race, Billy Mill's story is an inspirational one as he overcame great difficulties.
Blood artifacts repatriated to the Kainai People by European museums. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada. For USA orders contact email@example.com or phone: 1-800-542-2164
Urban Elder introduces Vern Harper in this documentary about the life of a spiritual elder in Toronto. The video follows Harper's fast-paced lifestyle in the largest urban centre where he leads a sweat lodge, observes his daughter's ballet class, conducts a healing ceremony, participates in a political rally, and counsels prisoners at Warkworth Federal Prison. The cast also includes Dan Smoke, Rodney Bobiwash, Sylvia Maracle, and Laura Spencer. This 1997 video is directed by Robert S. Adams. This NFB Home Use Only DVD from GoodMinds.com is only available for sale in Canada.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the producer The Trial of Poundmaker is one of the documentary films in the National Film Board series, Chiefs. This series examines the lives of five First Nations leaders from Canadian history. Poundmaker (1842-1886) was a Cree leader accused by the Canadian government with participating in the Riel Rebellion of 1885. Filmmaker Gil Cardinal explores this leader's life and his subsequent trial in a Regina courtroom in 1886.
UNAVAILABLE Ballad of Crowfoot is the creation of Mi'kmaq folksinger Willie Dunn. One of the earliest music videos, Ballad of Crowfoot provides a history lesson about the Plains Nations in Canada during the 19th century. Told in a rapid montage of archival photographs, moving images and contemporary newspaper headlines, the lyrics focus on the Blackfoot (Siksika) leader, Crowfoot. The situation facing the Blackfoot Nation challenged the leader's abilities to protect his people. Loss of buffalo, lands, and the devastating effects of smallpox are detailed in images and music.