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WINNIPEG PREMIERE OF MARIE CLEMENTS’ NFB MUSICAL DOCUMENTARY. THE ROAD FORWARD, STARTING OCTOBER 21 AT THE CINEMATHEQUE. Film connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of Indigenous activism today.


“An embarrassment of riches regarding the political, cultural,
and day-to-day life of Canada’s First Nations people.”
– Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight
“A music documentary like no other. It bends and pushes
the boundaries of what we expect of Indigenous cinema.”
– Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs.

October 11, 2017 – Vancouver – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Starting Saturday, October 21, Winnipeg audiences will have the chance to take in Marie Clements’ musical documentary The Road Forward on the big screen, as the Cinematheque presents screenings of the National Film Board of Canada feature until October 29.

In The Road Forward, Marie Clements connects a major turning point in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of Indigenous activism today. Deeply moving interviews with key members of Canada’s oldest First Nations organizations, the Native Brotherhood and Native Sisterhood, reveal the starkly racist politics that inspired the movement as well as how a humble newspaper became a powerful force for change.

The documentary’s stunningly shot musical sequences bring to life the past 80 years of politics and protest on the West Coast and across the country, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, including the Manitoba-born Métis performers Jeremy James Lavallee and Wayne Lavallee.

Inspired by articles from The Native Voice, the superbly produced story-songs range from heartbreaking ballads about the missing and murdered Indigenous women to inspirational anthems for moving forward, seamlessly connecting past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats

The Road Forward is produced and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s BC & Yukon Studio in Vancouver.

Complete screening schedule

Saturday, October 21, at 3 p.m.
Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, at 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m.


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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.