Obomsawin to debut “Trick or Treaty?” at TIFF 2014

TIFF has revealed its slate of Canadian programming for the 2014 festival, and with it the news that legendary Canadian documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will debut her latest film Trick or Treaty? in the Masters programme. This marks the first time that an indigenous filmmaker has been included in the programme.

Obomsawin has long been a pillar of Canadian documentary filmmaking, having directed more than 40 films over 40 years that chronicle the history and culture of Aboriginal people in Canada. Obomsawin’s work has been universally appreciated over the span of her career, being appointed to the Order of Canada in 1983, and winning the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009.

Debuting at TIFF 2014, Trick or Treaty? is a poignant look at the journey of first Nations people in Northern Ontario, revealing the deceptions and distortions embedded in “Treaty 9”, the infamous 1905 agreement in which native communities relinquished sovereignty over their traditional territories.

You can learn more about the life of Alanis Obomsawin by reading this career profile by Marie Alioff, a look at her 2007 film Waban-aki and a discussion of the significance of Obomsawin’s work as a radical documentarian by Ezra Winton.