How A People Live (RAFF)
Directed by Lisa Jackson / 2013 / Canada / 59 min
This powerful documentary by Lisa Jackson, tells the story of how the Canadian government forcibly re-located the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation to Port Hardy in 1964 and destroyed their homes, making it impossible to return. How A People Live follows the experiences of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people as they create a new life with limited resources, an oppressive residential school system, and extreme hardship. The film also reveals the fortitude of this group as they build a stronger community in spite of the homesickness for their lost land. Filled with touching interviews, rare archival photographs, and Jackson’s footage of their artistic practices and theatrical dances, How A People Live is a beautiful film and valuable story.
Watch the trailer for How A People Live here.
This feature documentary will be preceded by two short films also by Jackson; Savage artistically critiques the residential schools through dramatic musical means, and Suckerfish is a creatively animated short that narrates Lisa Jackson’s experience of learning about her Indigenous identity.
We are also honoured to announce that the films Producer Catrina Longmuir and a representative from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation will be joining us for a discussion panel after the films screening. Please join us for this thought-provoking film and conversation.
Jackson’s films have won numerous awards; in 2004, she won the inaugural imagineNATIVE Alliance-Atlantis Mentorship Award, in 2005 the Vancouver Arts Award for Emerging Media Artist, and in 2012 the ReelWorld Festival named her a Trailblazer. She is Anishinaabe and has a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University.
These films and all of Lisa Jackson’s work in distribution are represented by Moving Images Distribution.
Get more information about the Reel Art Film Festival here.
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Babes in Arms: As per fire regulations, every body that goes into the auditorium must have a ticket, including infants. For this performance, complimentary tickets will be provided for babes in arms. Please inform Ticket Centre staff if you will be bringing a child under 2 years of age.