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Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

Courtney Montour
2021 | 34 min
English, French

Selections and Awards

  • Winner - Best DirectorWeengushk International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official SelectionEdmonton International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official Selection - ShortsHot Docs Film Festival (2021)

  • Official SelectionimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada, (2021)

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


One-liner


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

Trailer

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Images

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

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
Photo
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
Photo
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
Photo
Photo : Dave Howells


Annette Clarke

As executive producer of the English Quebec and Atlantic Studio, Annette Clarke leads a team committed to an ambitious story slate. Recent credits include How to Be at Home, a pandemic-themed animated shortFar Away From Far Awaylong-form interactive story for mobile devices; and Assholes: A Theory, a topical treatise on bad behaviourCurrent projects include the feature doc Seguridada look at patriarchy inside post-revolutionary Cuba, and Dear Audrey, a beautiful and unusual love story.  

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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    The NFB is Canada’s public producer and distributor of award-winning documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and participatory experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced over 300 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers—an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. The NFB is implementing an action plan with commitments that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making these works more accessible via Indigenous Cinema, a destination on NFB.ca.