Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
WATERLOO: Elijah (the Movie) - Aboriginal Film Series @ Laurier
Part of Tracking Shots: Aboriginal Cinema
Date: Feb 7/14
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: BA201, Bricker Academic Building, Waterloo Campus
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
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