TIFF 2014: Trick or Treaty?

Posted by Brandy Dean September 3, 2014 0 Comment 4542 views

Canada’s premiere First Nations documentarian Alanis Obomsawin (Hi-Ho Mistahey!) returns to TIFF with Trick or Treaty?, an examination of the Idle No More movement and the deceptions inherent in Treaty 9 and Omnibus Bill C-45, both legal measures designed to deprive Canada’s aboriginal populations of sovereignty over their own lands.

A documentary about legislation has the potential to be deadly boring, but in the capable hands of Obomsawin Trick or Treaty? offers a vibrant and lively stage for her subjects. Shying away from too many talking-head interviews, the doc instead allows a glimpse into the vibrant actions of a motivated community, while also carefully balancing the views of the more skeptic among the more hopeful.

In the recent stir-up of racial tensions in the United States due to police shootings and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, a woman was spotted at a Washington, D.C. protest holding a sign reading, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.” It’s a salient point and one that might lead viewers to feel some some frustration. But with the persistence of hopefulness of the subjects of Trick or Treaty?, you may also feel that it’s not only still necessary, the possibility for change remains.

Watch the Trick or Treaty? Trailer


Trick or Treaty? Screening Times

Fri, Sep 5 2:30pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Sat, Sep 6 9:00am AGO Jackman Hall

Director(s): Alanis Obomsawin
Country: Canada
Year: 2014
Language: English/Cree
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Runtime: 85 minutes
Rating: PG
Executive Producer: Annette Clarke
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada
Screenplay: Alanis Obomsawin
Cinematographer: René Sioui Labelle, Philippe Amiguet, Michael Darby
Editor: Alison Burns
Sound: Glenn Hodgins, Donald Ayer
Music: Alain Auger
Canadian Distributor: National Film Board of Canada
International Sales Agent: National Film Board of Canada

Still image from "Trick or Treaty?"


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