Salt Spring Film Festival Presents Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

December 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

Named “Best New Artist” the year the Beatles came to America, Buffy Sainte-Marie defied the odds by flourishing despite a childhood of dislocation & abuse. This inspiring look at her groundbreaking career was met with wide acclaim when it premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.

Directed by Madison Thomas and co-written by Andrea Warner, author of the 2018 authorized biography, this intimate retrospective of Buffy’s personal journey includes rare archival material and interviews with Joni Mitchell, Alanis Obomsawin, Jackson Browne & Robbie Robertson.

Blacklisted by both the Johnson & Nixon Administrations, Buffy spoke truth to power while changing perceptions of Indigenous people in music, film & television. Her natural musical ability protected her spirit and propelled her from her birthplace on a Saskatchewan reserve to international concert halls and the Oscars.

“Sometimes,” says Buffy, “you have to carry the medicine a while before people are ready for it.”

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Salt Spring Film Festival Presents Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

November 23, 2022 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Seen through the prism of Leonard Cohen’s internationally renowned hymn, this must-see documentary weaves together three strands: the songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchstone.

Inspired by Alan Light’s 2012 book, award-winning documentarians Dan Geller & Dayna Goldfine access a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust, including personal notebooks, journals & photographs, performance footage and rare audio recordings.

Featuring interviews with Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Clive Davis, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Regina Spektor & Rufus Wainwright, Hallelujah gives voice to the deepest questions about faith, belief, skepticism and the psychological and religious constructs that serve to both support & obstruct us throughout our lives — or as Leonard Cohen would call it, “the broken Hallelujah.”


Salt Spring Film Festival

The Salt Spring Film Festival Society is a non-profit charitable society incorporated in 2008, whose mission is to educate, inspire and activate our community through a Festival of independent documentary film from Canada and around the world. We present films that explore social justice, the environment, art and culture, politics and food security. Join us as we celebrate 22 years of film!

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