Join One World Arts and Gallery 101 on December 13 for two special one-night-only screenings of Canadian documentaries from the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival lineup: BIRTH OF A FAMILY and THE ROAD FORWARD. The screenings will take place at 7PM at Gallery 101 (51 B Young Street) in Ottawa and will be one of the final events taking place at the gallery before it relocates. Admission is free/by donation. Register your attendance in advance for this special presentation online at hotdocs-ottdocs.eventbrite.ca and join our Facebook event here.
The Hot Docs Showcase Ottawa is presented in partnership with Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the government of Ontario. Birth of a Family and The Road Forward are produced and distributed by the National Film Board of Canada.
Birth of a Family
Directed by Tasha Hubbard | Canada | 2017 | 79 min
Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard.Part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, in which 20,000 Indigenous children were removed from their families, all four siblings are now middle-aged, with no shared memories. Together, they piece together their history, deepen their connections and take the first steps in building their family.
Check out Patrick Mullen’s review of Birth of a Family in POV Magazine here.
The Road Forward
Directed by Marie Clements | Canada | 2016 | 101 min
The Road Forward connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.
Read Kelly Many Gun’s review of The Road Forward in First Nations Drum, Canada’s largest First Nations newspaper.