• Innu Nikamu: Chanter la résistance (2017)

    Innu Nikamu is the name of a cultural music festival celebrated annually by First Nations in Maliotenam, in North-Eastern Quebec, Canada. It's also a documentary that tells the background story of said festival, its location and the First Nations involved in it. The documentary has a lenth of one hour and thirty-six minutes and was made by local filmmaker Kevin Bacon Hervieux. The film was presented at numerous occasions, including a tour with famous Innu singer Florent Vollant who was once a member of folk rock duo Kashtin. He is also one of the numerous people that were interviewed in the documentary.

    The movie tells the tragic history of First Nations in Quebec, Canada and even all around the world with the help of the example of those who lived and continue to live in Maliotenam. Indian families were forced to leave the northern parts of Quebec and Labrador and were relocated to desolate reservations. First Nations children and teenagers were then forced to go to religious boarding schools were they were forced to speak French and English, get rid of their cultural and religious beliefs and were often physically and sexually abused which led to torn families, desperate suicide attempts and severe drug addictions until today. The fact that the Catholic boarding school was torn apart and its last remnants set on fire decades after it had closed, was seen as a spiritual liberation and the fact that the festival now takes place at this very same spot is a way for First Nations to attempt to reappropriate their cultures. More and more artists, institutions and journalists support this festival and actively fight against racism, prejudice and oblivion.

    Just like the brilliant drama Indian Horse, released in the same year, this documentary should be shown in high schools all around Quebec and Canada. It teaches about the country's and province's past, present and future. It actively fights against racism, prejudice and oblivion. It spreads a message of togetherness to overcome obstacles of the past and establish a bright future for every Canadian citizen. If you consider yourself a human rights activist or sympathize with them, you should definitely watch this film.

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  • This documentary review tells the story of Johan Beetz, a young man from Belgium who has come to the northeast coast of Québec in North America to live the adventure of his life and to dedicate his life to his great hunting passion.

    The film talks about him, his ancestors, a young family who know lives in his ancient residence in Belgium and where the father of this family is invited to come to Québec. The film also talks about customs and life of the Innu tribes who live in the region and who have known Johan Beetz.

    There are several mixed story lines who introduce a lot of interesting apects and little story, but it all works as a patchwork and there is no really continuing storyline and the movie seems somehow undecided and is largely focused but not really profound. One would have liked to know more about he Canadians's First Nation's culture, European immigrants in those northern regions or the ladder life of Johan Beetz within the Innu tribe. You are asking yourself the whole movie long what the director really wants to transmit and show you, what its intentions are.

    All in all, this movie shows some really interesting facts, is authentic, relates history to present and is quite entertaining, but it stays all somehow in a superficial and chronological disorder and shows some things which seem to be quite apart and unnecessary in regard to the main topic.

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