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The Road Forward

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Marie Clements’ musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of British Columbia First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.

Interviews with key members of Canada’s oldest First Nations organizations, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, reveal the starkly racist politics that inspired the movement as well as how a humble newspaper became a powerful force for change. The Native Voice established a lifeline between the First Nations of British Columbia, uniting them to advocate socially, politically and legally in order to effect profound change on a national level.

The documentary’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, bring to life the past 80 years of politics and protest on the West Coast and across the country. Inspired by articles from The Native Voice, the superbly produced story-songs range from heartbreaking ballads about the missing and murdered Indigenous women to inspirational anthems for moving forward, seamlessly connecting past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats.

The Road Forward (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

  • Directed by Marie Clements
  • 2017, British Columbia
  • 101 minutes
    The Road Forward

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