Call Me Human Leads VIFF Winners
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 Joséphine 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