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Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

Courtney Montour
2021 | 34 min
English, French

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection Hot Docs Film Festival - Shorts (2021)


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Images

Mary Two-Axe Earley in her Kahnawake home. Photo courtesy of Ed Two-Axe Early
Mary Two-Axe Earley with her grandchildren (1978). Credit: Esmond Choueke
Mary Two-Axe Earley with René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec, at the First Ministers’ Conference on Aboriginal Constitutional Matters, Ottawa (1983). Credit: NFB
Mary Two-Axe Earley with David Crombie, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, at her home (1984-1985). Photo courtesy of Rosemary Two Rivers
Nellie Carlson, co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women. Credit: NFB
The 1979, 4-day walk to Ottawa protestesting the discrimination against Indigenous women embedded in the Indian Act. Mary Two-Axe Earley (centre). Credit: Odette DesOrmeaux
Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse and her daughter Isabella at Mary's house. Credit: NFB
Courtney Montour listening to filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin's 1984 recordings of Mary. Credit: NFB
Mary Two-Axe Earley (centre) at the Montreal Botanical Garden tree planting ceremony (mid-1970s). Photo courtesy of Rosemary Two Rivers

Team


Courtney Montour
Writer and Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : Liam Maloney


Courtney Montour

Courtney Montour is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake. She works in the documentary film and digital media fields exploring issues of Indigenous identity. She directed, wrote and co-produced Flat Rocks (2017), a short documentary revealing how the development of Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway forever changed the landscape and the livelihood of the Kahnawake Mohawk community. Her first documentary Sex Spirit Strength won Best of Festival and the Emerging Filmmaker award at the 2016 Yorkton Film Festival. She has directed episodes for several documentary series including Mohawk Ironworkers (2016) and Skindigenous (2021). Courtney co-created and coordinated McGill University’s Indigenous Field Studies course, held in Kahnawake, for 8 years. Passionate about educating, the course surfaces the intergenerational effects of colonization and Canadian policies on contemporary Indigenous society.


Kat Baulu
Producer
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Kat Baulu

As a creative producer at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Kat Baulu supports auteurs working on documentary, animation and interactive projects. Her inspiration comes from raising underrepresented voices and generating stories with social impact. She produced Jobie Weetaluktuk’s award-winning documentary Timuti, filmed in his hometown of Inukjuak. Kat has collaborated with celebrated Indigenous artists and filmmakers such as Nadia Myre, Courtney Montour, Tracey Deer, Michelle Smith and Paul M. Rickard.

Kat is currently launching the short experimental documentary Three Thousand, directed by Asinnajaq (a.k.a. Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk), and the hand-drawn animated film SHAMAN, by first-time filmmaker Echo Henoche.


Ariel Nasr
Producer
Biography
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Photo : Kiana Hayeri


Ariel Nasr

Ariel Nasr is an English-Language Producer in the National Film Board’s Quebec Atlantic Studio. Previous to joining the NFB, Ariel directed and co-produced the award-winning film, The Forbidden Reel, a feature documentary drawing on thousands of hours of film archives to trace the second half of the twentieth century through the lens of Afghan filmmakers (IDFA, Hot Docs). Producer of the Academy Award-nominated independent short drama Buzkashi Boys (2012), Nasr’s directing credits include the Canadian Screen Award-winning, The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011) as well as Good Morning Kandahar (2008), and the interactive documentary, Kabul Portraits (2015). Other recent work includes his documentary, La Mosquée, which documents the aftermath of the Quebec City Mosque Shooting. A citizen of Canada, Afghanistan and the USA, Ariel lives and works in Montreal.


Annette Clarke
Executive Producer
Biography
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Photo : NFB


Annette Clarke

Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer whose award-winning films challenge stereotypes and bring diverse voices to the forefront. For the past 25 years, she has collaborated with both emerging and established talent to tell powerful, transformative stories. As Executive Producer for NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic studio, Annette has met cattle rustlers in Kenya, foreign workers in Labrador, the endangered bluefin tuna, rock-star chefs decrying food waste, and an animated young girl who copes with her mom’s mental illness by losing herself in the imaginary world of books. Annette’s recent producer credits include Vive la rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light(2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award),Gunrunners (2015, Hot Docs) and Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF)

Credits

Writer
Courtney Montour

Director
Courtney Montour

Producer
Kat Baulu
Ariel Nasr

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

Music
alaska B
Ange Loft

Cinematography
Sylvaine Dufaux

Editor
Annie Jean



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