ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 11/06/2015
In this feature-length documentary, Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually brings Shannen’s Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9v9qHXmM2k
Cinema Politica film page: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/waterloo/hi-ho-mistahey
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1679270018958439/
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Admission to Cinema Politica Waterloo screenings are by donation, with a sliding scale suggestion of $5-10, though everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Cinema Politica Waterloo: Summer 2015 Film Series
Social Movements, Austerity & Democracy in Canada
The federal Conservative government has embraced austerity economics, prioritizing a model that benefits corporate profit over people’s wellbeing. While the Conservatives are happy to impose these conditions on the country as long as they’re in power, no other political party is proposing an anti-austerity agenda. Instead Canadians are told on all sides to tighten their belts and hold their breath since, supposedly, there is no alternative. Yet most Canadians do not support an agenda that demands expanding exploitative migrant labour practices while imposing new constraints on workers’ access to basic human rights; actively undermining Indigenous peoples’ calls for improved health, education, and housing; and all the while promoting an increasingly top-down, patriarchal vision of Canadian society.
This summer Cinema Politica Waterloo presents three documentary films that explore different – yet connected – struggles over this country’s future: Hi-Ho Mistahey, El Contrato, and Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada. Democracy in Canada is indeed on fire in both senses: as the state barges forward on the backs of the most vulnerable, grassroots democratic organizing is on the rise. How can different movements help produce alternatives to the devastating effects of austerity in Canada, and how should we approach the question of alternatives in the context of a looming federal election? You are invited to come to the Princess Twin this summer for screenings and discussion about critical issues defining what the next generation will come to know as Canada.