Call Me Human Leads VIFF Winners

Call Me Human

By Pat Mullen

Kim O’Bomsawin’s Call Me Human won the prize for Best Canadian Documentary at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. The doc won the same prize at the Calgary International Film Festival earlier this week. Call Me Human offers a portrait of Innu poet Jos├ęphine Bacon and considers what happens to Indigenous communities as elders like her pass on. The Best Canadian Documentary prize was presented by the Rogers Group of Funds.

The film was among the first titles for the VIFF award winners, which are being announced sporadically on social media and in VIFF’s newsletters throughout the festival. Tracey Deer won Best Canadian Feature for Beans, her first dramatic feature after an early career in documentary. Beans was a runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at TIFF earlier this month.

The VIFF winners to date are:

Best Canadian Documentary: Call Me Human – Kim O’Bomsawin

Best Canadian Film: Beans – Tracey Deer

Best BC Film: The Curse of Willow Song – Karen Lam

Sea to Sky Award: Nuxalk Radio – Banchi Hanuse

VIFF runs through Oct. 7 with many of the award winning films available to stream online for B.C. residents.

BC Emerging Filmmaker Award: Brother, I Cry – Jessie Anthony