One of Canadas most distinguished documentary filmmakers, Alanis Obomsawin has made 20 powerful films on the lives and political struggles of Aboriginal people in North America. Born into the Abenaki Nation in New Hampshire in 1932, Obomsawin began her career as a singer, writer, and storyteller until being hired as a National Film Board (NFB) consultant in 1967. In 1971, she seized an opportunity to direct her first film, Christmas at Moose Factory, a study of life in a small Northern settlement that was based on childrens drawings
Pallid affairs aesthetically, LaButes triumvirate shares a stiltedness with his two other films, the bracing comedy Nurse Betty (2000) and last years Possession, a bloodless adaptation of A.S. Byatts terrific novel.
Tribute, in the meaning of what the farmers pay to the king, is an apt image for what we younger artists owe to the memory of Stan Brakhage.
Film students aspiring to make cookie-cutter Hollywood dung take note: film, especially documentary, has tangible uses that can affect social change.