The Spirit Within
Saturday, October 19th I 11 AM I Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas
Documentary I 51 Minutes I Canada
Gil Cardinal, Wil Campbell
Gerald K. Wilson
Jerry D. Krepakevich, Graydon McCrea
In a trend that’s worsened over the last decade, Indigenous people are overrepresented in Canada’s prison system and it’s a pattern that shows no signs of slowing down.
We take a look back at Gil Cardinal and Wil Campbell’s 1990 documentary on Native spirituality programmes that helped Indigenous men get in touch with their roots and avoid the revolving door that would see them back in prison after release.
Cardinal and Campbell enter theprogramme on heels of its inception - at the time it was almost unheard of for indigenous prisoners to have access to their own Elders and spiritual ceremonies. Lead by the wisdom of Bobby Woods, an Elder who was in and out of prison for 27 years himself, we see intimate portraits of young Indigenous men who share the psychological burden that prison weighs on them, while reexamining their lives and discussing the impact of these workshops. For many of them, programmes like these were their first contact with Elders and the spirituality of their tribes.
Join us for this special retrospective screening, followed by a panel discussion on Indigenous over-incarceration in Canada today.
Content Warning: Some use of homophobic language
Co-presented with imagineNATIVE