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Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

Courtney Montour
2021 | 34 min
English, French

Selections and Awards

  • Official Selection Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Canada (2022)

  • Winner - Best Documentary ShortAmerican Indian Film Festival (2021)

  • Winner - Documentary ShortimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada, (2021)

  • Winner - Best DirectorWeengushk International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official SelectionVancouver International Film Festival - Short Forum (2021)

  • Official SelectionEdmonton International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official Selection - ShortsHot Docs Film Festival (2021)

  • Official Selection St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, NL, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection - Documentary ShortsNew Orleans Film Festival (2021)

  • Official Selection Salt Spring Film Festival, Salt Spring Island, Canada (2022)

  • Honourable MentionSkoden Indigenous Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Nomination - Indigenous AwardYorkton Film Festival, SK, Canada (2022)


Mary Two-Axe Earley and the Indian Act, written by Pam Palmater


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Mary Two-Axe Earley in her Kahnawà:ke 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, Cree activist and co-founder of Indian Rights for Indian Women. Credit: NFB

The 1979, 4-day walk to Ottawa to protest sex discrimination against First Nations 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

Promotional Materials


Courtney Montour
Writer and Director

Photo : Liam Maloney

Kat Baulu

Photo : NFB

Ariel Nasr

Photo : Kiana Hayeri

Annette Clarke
Executive Producer

Photo : Dave Howells


Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse, Community Mobilizer
Isabella Calahoo-Zeller
Nellie Carlson, Founding member, Indian Rights for Indian Women
Ed Two-Axe Early, Mary’s son

Written and Directed by
Courtney Montour

Annie Jean, CCE

Director of Photography
Sylvaine Dufaux

Original Music
alaska B and Ange Loft

Sound Design
Marie-Pierre Grenier

Courtney Montour

Voice Coach
Alanis Obomsawin

Sound Recordists
Gaëlle Komar
Johnny Blerot
Lynne Trépanier

Foley Artist
Karla Baumgardner

Additional Camera
aAron Munson

Assistant Camera
Marianne Ploska
Martine Leclerc

Production Manager
Angie Pepper O’Bomsawin

Locations Assistant
Kirstin Montour

Director Trainee
Kayla Salas

Visual Effects
Kara Blake

Assistant Editor
Francis Bernier

Lori Heath

alaska B
Melody McKiver

Ange Loft

Creative Advisor
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Pamela Palmater

Courtney Montour

Visual Archivists
Nancy Marcotte
Kathy Fisher
Jillian Richardson

Assistant to Alanis Obomsawin
Michael Shu

Online Editor
Yannick Carrier

Title Design
Jacques Bertrand Simard
Mélanie Bouchard

Foley & Narration recording
Luc Léger

Jean Paul Vialard

Additional Re-Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Production Supervisor
Roz Power

Technical Coordinators
Daniel Lord
Christopher MacIntosh

Digital Editing Technicians
Marie-Josée Gourde
Pierre Dupont
Patrick Trahan

Production Coordinator
Christine Williams

Senior Production Coordinators
Cheryl Murgatroyd
Camila Blos

Studio Administrators
Leslie Anne Poyntz
Camila Blos

Marketing Managers
Jamie Hammond
Johanna Lessard

Marketing Coordinator
Éric Bondo

Jennifer Mair

Legal Counsel
Christian Pitchen

Kat Baulu
Ariel Nasr

Executive Producer
Annette Clarke

Media Relations

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