From the Edge: Gil Cardinal • Storytellers in motion (Series 1)

From the Edge: Gil Cardinal • Storytellers in motion (Series 1)

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Part of the Storytellers in motion series

Gil Cardinal embraces the principle of using film as a tool for social change by creating poignant documentaries and dramas while acknowledging responsibility to honor the communities whose stories he tells.

Two of his early films were personal stories, Foster Child (about his own life, growing up in Alberta) and David with FAS. They are classics, still used by communities and educational institutions for discussion of issues arising from adoption and substance abuse. A more recent documentary, Totem: The Return of the G_psgolox Pole, received the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary award in 2003 at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. This same film moved the Government of Sweden to return this historic pole to its original home in Kitimaat Village in northwestern British Columbia in 2006. In addition to his work in documentary, Cardinal has written and directed a number of dramas, including the Gemini award-winning feature film Big Bear and North of 60.

Titles included in this series:

The Indigenous Voice (24 minutes)
Out of the Shadows: Christine Welsh (24 minutes)
Hunkpapa Woman: Dana Claxton (24 minutes)
Culture Shock in Alert Bay: Barb Cranmer (24 minutes)
Finding My Talk: Paul Rickard (24 minutes)
Town Crier: Jim Compton (24 minutes)
The Syilx Voice: Tracey Jack (24 minutes)
Mr. Tapwe: Doug Cuthand (24 minutes)
Our First Lady of Cinema: Alanis Obomsawin (24 minutes)
Lights, Camera and Action: Tantoo Cardinal (24 minutes)
The Maori Voice, Parts 1 & 2 (48 minutes)

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