Holy Angels

Saturday, March 2, at 2:30 pm in Bruce (S208)

DIRECTOR

JAY CARDINAL VILLENEUVE

COUNTRY

CANADA

RUNNING TIME

14 mins

YEAR

2017

LANGUAGE

English

ABOUT THE FILM

In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of 150,000 Indigenous children removed from their families, spending six years imprisoned at Alberta’s Holy Angels Residential School. Through impressionistic images and a child’s fragmented language, this elegant film recaptures Canada’s colonialist history, as five-year-old performer Phoenix Sawan brings to life Lena’s recollections, dancing through the abandoned building in defiance of its bleak history. Determined to uncover history and move past it, Holy Angels depicts the resilience of a people finding ways of healing and coming home again. Won the Founder’s Award and the Indigenous Award at the Yorkton Film Festival.

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