Alanis Obomsawin on her history-making premiere at TIFF 2014
Trick or Treaty? is the 'real truth' about Canada's history says the indigenous filmmaker
For more than forty years, Canadian filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin has chronicled the lives and stories of First Nations people.
Now, the accomplished storyteller is making history of her own, becoming the first indigenous filmmaker to screen in the prestigious Masters program at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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Her latest feature documentary, Trick or Treaty?, shines a light on the journey of First Nations in northern Ontario in their quest for affirmation of their treaty rights and the Idle No More movement.
Like many of her past works, the 82-year-old filmmaker says Trick or Treaty? aims to educate Canadians about the true nature of the country's past.
Her passion about her life's mission was evident in an emotional interview Friday with CBC Arts reporter Zulekha Nathoo.
"They should learn what the real truth is about the people who came here that were strangers and robbed us of everything and damaged a people and used their naivete, to make them believe something else. That's important."
For highlights from the film, and more of Alanis Obomsawin's moving interview, watch the video above.
For more information on Trick or Treaty? or TIFF's masters program, see the festival website.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs through Sept. 14.