Fredericton's First Annual Indigenous Film Festival

The New Brunswick premiere of Alanis Obomsawin’s Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger kicked off the festival, which ran from January 30-February 1.

St. Thomas University hosted the first annual Indigenous Film Festival in Fredericton

The first annual Indigenous Film Festival took place in Fredericton from January 30 to February 1. The festival brought together Indigenous filmmakers from across the province to showcase their diverse work, ranging from comedic short films, to documentaries, to art house films. 

Filmmakers pose following a short film event during the Indigenous Film Festival in Fredericton, NB. From left to right: Logan Perley, Lisa Jodoin, Corrina Merasty-Gallant, Kennlin Barlow, and Natasha Francis. (Jill Mader)

The festival opened with the New Brunswick premiere of acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger. Ms. Obomsawin attended and spoke at the festival. Remarkably, this is Obomsawin's 53rd film. Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and documents the story of a young boy who is forced to live out all five years of his tragically short life in a hospital, while different levels of government argue over his care. The film also chronicles the struggle of Indigenous activists to force the Canadian government to uphold "Jordan's Principle", to prevent other First Nations children from experiencing inequitable access to government-funded services.

On Friday, January 31, short films by five different Maritime Indigenous filmmakers were shown, including Revitalizing the Wolastoqey Language and the Made From This Land series, both by CBC documentary filmmaker Logan Perley.