13. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 5 – Hi-Ho Mistahey! (director: Alanis Obomsawin) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Documentaries · Tags: , , , , , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 5 is the film Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by director Alanis Obomsawin.

Hi-Ho Mistahey!, Cree for “I love you forever”, is a feature length documentary that profiles Shannen’s Dream, an activist campaign inspired by the work of Shannen Koostachin, a Cree teenager from Attawapiskat, who wanted to lobby for improved educational opportunities for First Nations youth.  Read more about Shannen’s Dream on the website for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada.  The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was short-listed for a Canadian Screen Award.

Alanis Obomsawin is a Canadian filmmaker of Abenaki descent.  Best known documentary is Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, about the 1990 siege at Oka, Quebec, she has produced and directed many National Film Board of Canada documentaries on First Nations culture and history.  She leaned of Koostachin’s story from children’s rights activist Dr. Cindy Blackstock.

Here’s a clip from Hi-Ho Mistahey!

The film is available for rent via the NFB and is also currently available on Netflix Canada.  Use the CONTACT US page or the comments sections on Facebook/YouTube to let me know what you think of the film and/or to recommend other Canadian films directed by women that should be on the list.  Also include a link to where they are available on SVOD or VOD so we can check them out.

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Cheers, Jith.

Posts for #52filmsbywomen Canadian twist so far:

#1 Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda

#2  The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki

#3  The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt

#4  Double Happiness (1994) by director Mina Shum

#5  Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by Alanis Obomsawin


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