canadian masters II: alanis obomsawin

January 26 - 27, 2017

Arts Court Theatre

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 Studiessection, 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.



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Alanis Obomsawin in Person: The Interview

Alanis Obomsawin  •  Live Interview and Reception  •  120 min

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 pm, Arts Court Theatre


We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice (FREE)

Alanis Obomsawin  •  Canada  •  163 min

Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:00 pm, Richcraft Hall Theatre (formerly River Building), Carleton University