2013 | 99 min | Canada, Attawapiskat First Nation
New York Premiere | Director in Attendance
Celebrated Abenaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, renowned for her courageous efforts chronicling the lives of Canada’s First Nations for over four decades returns to the Mead this year. Her film Hi-Ho Mistahey! (“I love you infinitely” in the Cree language) follows the remarkable story of First Nations teenager Shannen Koostachin, who launched an educational reform campaign on her Attawapiskat reserve in northern Ontario, demanding rights for herself and all First Nations’ youngsters to a decent education. Shannen’s elementary education took place in makeshift portable classrooms with no library or computers, inconsistent heat in the winter, and a black mold problem. She had the courage to challenge the situation in newspapers, at conferences, and on the steps of Parliament Hill, catalyzing young people across Canada to protest on the behalf of their First Nations’ counterparts as “Shannen’s Dream,” as the cause came to be known, makes it to Parliament.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between Alanis Obobsawin and Audra Simpson. Simpson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press) and co-editor of Theorizing Native Studies, (Duke University Press).
Continue the conversation after the film at our Mead Mixer, a daily happy hour in Cafe on One from 6-7:30 pm
Co-presented by Film and Video Center, National Museum of the American Indian
Past Forward, My Perspective
"It is difficult to go on in life when you have no knowledge of where you came from and of who you are, life becomes a mystery and one is constantly searching. Language and history if sacred for all, this is where documentary filmmaking becomes very important because we take the time to find the history, to listen to the subject for hours and hours until the story is clear."
- Alanis Obomsawin | Director, Hi-Ho Mistahey!