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WATERLOO: Elijah (the Movie) - Aboriginal Film Series @ Laurier

Part of Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema
Feb 7/14

HARPERsm

Date: Feb 7/14
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: BA201, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus
Cost: FREE

The Laurier free film series presents “Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema.” The six-part series is open to the community and begins Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room 201, on Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus.  

The series is presented by Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the WLU Film Society, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Department of Religion and Culture. Each film in the series will be introduced by a Laurier faculty member, student or special guest.

“The Aboriginal film series is an unprecedented collaboration among several different campus groups,” said Russell Kilbourn, associate professor and film studies coordinator. “The films themselves are an eclectic mix of art and commercial film, documentary and biopic – together representing the variety of cinematic perspectives on Aboriginal issues and identities.”  

“Laurier’s Office of Aboriginal Initiatives seeks not only to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for Aboriginal students, but it also seeks to provide all Laurier students with opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada by providing Aboriginal education,” said Jean Becker, Senior Advisor: Office of Aboriginal Initiatives. “This film series furthers this education by reflecting the place of Indigenous peoples in the history and landscape of our country.”  

Aboriginal Services Manager, Conestoga College, Myeengun Henry presents Elijah (Canada 2007, Paul Unwin) 

The film starts off with the early life of Elijah. The first 40 minutes is done with satirical humour and snappy editing and voice over in the style of Michael Moore's documentaries. The film segues into the dramatic life of Elijah's political career. In between Harper's political struggles are scenes of his personal struggles with his wife and children. His fight against solvent/drug abuse is shown as a major issue in his life, from his gas sniffing youth, to his anger over his daughter's marijuana experimenting, and the "Indian Finder" scene that propels his courage in the political realm. The main story shows how Elijah Harper and his First Nations crew including Chief Archie (Lorne Cardinal) and Phil Fontaine (Glen Gould) stopped the Meech Lake Accord from passing, a piece of legislation that would have been, in their opinion, devastating for First Nations.

The series is presented by Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, in partnership with the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives, the WLU Film Society, the Dean of Arts Office, and the Department of Religion and Culture. 

Contact: Russell Kilbourn
Phone: x2380

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