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Photo credit: Rafy (National Film Board of Canada)
Canadian Masters: Alanis Obomsawin
January 26, 2017 until January 27, 2017

The Canadian Film Institute’s Canadian Masters series is an annual celebration of excellence in Canadian filmmaking, featuring extensive onstage interviews, special screenings, and audience discussions with some of the greatest names in Canadian film history. In our 2016-2017 inaugural season, we are honoured to present three extraordinary Canadian masters of the moving image: Atom Egoyan (November), Alanis Obomsawin (Jaunary), and Guy Maddin (March).

We are proud to be partnering with Carleton University’s School For Studies In Art and Culture’s Film Studies section, which in 2016-2017 is celebrating its 40th anniversary. For four decades, Carleton Film Studies has produced some of the most important and influential film scholars, critics, and curators in Canada, and has also played a key role in the development of film culture generally in our nation.


Alanis Obomsawin, OC, is filmmaker, singer, artist, storyteller of Abenaki descent (born 31 August 1932 near Lebanon, New Hampshire). One of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers, Alanis Obomsawin began her career as a professional singer and storyteller before joining the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in 1967.

Her award-winning films address the struggles of Aboriginal peoples in Canada from their perspective, giving prominence to voices that have long fallen on deaf ears. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has received multiple Governor General’s Awards, lifetime achievement awards and honorary degrees. (The Canadian Encyclopedia)

On January 26th and 27th, please join us in welcoming Alanis Obomsawin to Ottawa!

The CANADIAN MASTERS series is presented by the Canadian Film Institute in collaboration with Carleton University’s School For Studies In Art and Culture: Film Studies.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which this event will be held is part of unceded Algonquin territory.

Admission to the first evening (Jan 26): $15.00 (plus HST)
Admission to the second evening (Jan 27): FREE!

Seating for the interview on January 26th is limited. Get your tickets early — tickets on sale now!

Alanis Obomsawin  •  Live Interview and Reception  •  120 min
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 pm, Arts Court Theatre
Alanis Obomsawin  •  Canada  •  163 min