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As Long as the Rivers Flow
A series produced by James Cullingham and Peter Raymont
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Each of the five documentaries which make up AS LONG AS THE RIVERS FLOW lend a unique insight into the epic struggle of Native People in Canada, historically and in modern times, to regain control over their destinies. Three of the films' directors - Loretta Todd, Gil Cardinal, and David Poisey - are Native People, and the series marks the first time that native filmmakers of their stature have collaborated to share visions of their culture.

Titles in AS LONG AS THE RIVERS FLOW series:

  • Flooding in Job's Garden - Behind the scenes of the highly controversial James Bay Hydro-Quebec power plant project.

  • The Learning Path - The stories of three native women who are making control of education an important issues in today's native communities.

  • Starting Fire with Gunpowder - Chronicles the origins and achievements of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), a model for aboriginal broadcasters the world over.

  • Tikinagan - Reveals the challenges faces by a native run child care agency in northwestern Ontario.

  • Time Immemorial - Presents the case of the Nisga tribe in their long fight for aboriginal rights in British Columbia.

"It is obvious that a lot of thought, effort, and creative talent has gone into this project... Projects such as AS LONG AS THE RIVERS FLOW, will go a long way in creating an atmosphere of awareness and tolerance for our cause and issues." - Ovide Mercredi, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations/National Indian Brotherhood

"An extraordinary collaboration... a hypnotizing essay on an epic struggle, now some 200 years old, for the recognition of a culture and a way of life and basic human rights that have been denied, derailed and otherwise ignored." - Starweek

"An enlightening series!" - Booklist

5 x 59 minutes

Subject areas:
Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Multi-Cultural Studies, North America, Sociology

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