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In her first feature-length documentary, released in 1977, Alanis Obomsawin honours the central place of women and mothers within Indigenous cultures. An album of Indigenous womanhood, the film portrays proud matriarchal cultures that for centuries have been pressured to adopt the standards and customs of the dominant society.  Tracing the cycle of Indigenous women's lives from birth to childhood, puberty, young adulthood, maturity and old age, the film reveals how Indigenous women have fought to regain a sense of equality, instilled cultural pride in their children and passed on their stories and language to new generations.



Director: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Alanis Obomsawin
Writing: Alanis Obomsawin
Voice and Narration: Alanis Obomsawin
Producer: Don Hopkins
Producer: Douglas MacDonald
Photography: Don Virgo
Photography: Bob Riddell
Photography: Laval Fortier
Photography: Jacques Avoine
Photography: Simon Leblanc
Sound: Louis Echaquan
Sound: Raymond Marcoux
Sound: Bob Charlie
Sound: Claude Hazanavicius
Sound: Christopher Tate
Sound: Bev Davidson
Sound: J.G. Normandin
Editing: John Laing
Sound: Bill Graziadei
Sound: Richard Besse

Mother of Many Children

1977, Obomsawin, Alanis

95 min 50 s


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