#tbt Before Seeing ‘Rumble’ at Hot Docs, Watch ‘Buffy’


By Pat Mullen

This week’s announcement of the Hot Docs line-up has doc fans a-twitter. One of the biggest docs on the Canadian front is the Sundance award winner Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana’s tribute to the Indigenous musicians who shaped the landscape of rock and roll. One of the acclaimed stars to appear in Rumble is Canada’s Buffy Sainte-Marie, best known for her ballad Universal Soldier and her Oscar-winning theme Up Where We Belong from An Officer and a Gentleman, which she co-wrote with Will Jennings and her husband Jack Nitzsche. (Sainte-Marie is, I believe, the only Indigenous person to win an Academy Award.)

Sainte-Marie reflects on her career in the short doc Buffy by director John Walker (Quebec My Country Mon Pays). In this film produced in honour of Sainte-Marie’s 2010 receipt of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, the singer talks about breaking barriers as an Indian with high heels and a guitar.

Take a look:

Buffy, John Walker, provided by the National Film Board of Canada