POV Presents ‘Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger’ at VIFF!

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Witness significant stories in the ongoing fight for Indigenous rights in Alanis Obomsawin’s latest film, Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger. The doc is Obomsawin’s 53rd film and it brings to a close her significant six-film cycle on the rights of Indigenous children. The Messenger revisits the case of Jordan River Anderson, a young boy from Norway House reserve in Winnipeg who was born with severe disabilities. Obomsawin gives voice to Jordan’s family as they remember the child who died while the provincial and federal governments debated who was responsible for his care. The film considers how the federal government has responded in the years since “Jordan’s Principle,” a law inspired by the boy’s death, was enacted.

POV is proud to sponsor the screening of Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival. The film inspires a necessary conversation about the ongoing road to reconciliation. Any doc in Obomsawin’s body of work is essential to the national dialogue about the rights of Indigenous communities in this land and her latest film is no exception.

Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger screens at VIFF on October 2 and 3. Get tickets here.

Want a chance to attend the screening? Email info@povmagazine.com with the subject “The Messenger – VIFF” and tell us which Alanis Obomsawin film has had the greatest impact on you.

Read more about Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger in our interview with Obomsawin and our review of the film.

VIFF runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 11.