MAWA: Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art: Wendy Wersch Memorial Lecture with Alanis Obomsawin, October 22

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

Free! Everyone is welcome

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada's most distinguished filmmakers. For over four decades, she has directed documentaries at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) that chronicle the lives and concerns of First Nations people and explore issues of importance to all.

Alanis Obomsawin has directed almost 50 films with the NFB, including such landmark works as Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993), documenting the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Kanehsatake and Oka. Her latest film, the 2016 documentary We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice, focuses on a court challenge by the Assembly of First Nations and Child and Family Caring Society of Canada that argued that welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves are underfunded. The film had its world premiere in the Masters program at the Toronto International Film Festival. Obomsawin is presently back in production on her next project, the upcoming NFB documentary Norway House (2017).

The Wendy Wersch Lecture is an annual event that celebrates the memory of Winnipeg artist Wendy Wersch and is dedicated to exploring issues related to autonomy for women artists. The lectures focus on women in the arts as role models for innovative cultural investigation. The series builds awareness of feminist art criticism, activism and practice. This lecture, organized by the Wendy Wersch Memorial Committee, is supported by Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA) and The Winnipeg Foundation.