Alanis Obomsawin : Legendary singer, composer and filmmaker
As part of Suoni Per Il Popolo
Amisk by Alanis Obomsawin ⎮ 1977 ⎮ 40 min
In 1977, the James Bay Festival took place over nine days in Montreal. This historic one-of-a-kind event was held in support of the James Bay Cree whose territory, resources and culture were threatened by the expansion of hydro-electric dams. First Nations, Métis and Inuit performers came from across North America to show their support in an act of Indigenous unity and solidarity few people in Montreal had ever witnessed.
Our Dear Sisters by Kathleen Shannon ⎮ 1975 ⎮ 40 min
Alanis Obomsawin, a North American Abenaki who earns her living by singing and making films, is the mother of an adopted child. She talks about her life, her people, and her responsibilities as a single parent. Her observations shake some of our cultural assumptions.
A Portrait of Alanis Obomsawin by Charles André Coderre ⎮ 2017 ⎮ 2 min
Alanis Obomsawin performed at Le Guess Who? in 2017. Charles André Coderre (from Jerusalem In My Heart) directed this short video portrait of the artist for the occasion.
Alanis Obomsawin : Odana Live in Utrecht by Le Guess Who? ⎮ 2017 ⎮ 6 min
Alanis Obomsawin : Bush Lady Live in Utrecht by Le Guess Who? ⎮ 2017 ⎮ 12 min
Filmmaker and songwriter Alanis Obomsawin performed songs from her 1985 album ‘Bush Lady’ live for the first time at Le Guess Who? 2017, featuring music of the Native American Abenaki people. The performance was curated by Jerusalem In My Heart.