For over sixty years, Cecile St. Amant has been keeping a deep secret: she is Métis (Canadian aboriginal group of mixed First Nations and European heritage). Cecile’s granddaughter, Janelle, sets out to understand her Mémère’s (grandmother’s) denial and playfully plots her own mission to open her Mémère’s eyes to the richness of her heritage. Janelle soon realizes that her Mémère will not be easily convinced that being Métis is something to be proud of. In this heart-warming and extraordinary journey, Janelle’s mischievous and persistent prodding of her grandmother reveals a generation’s legacy of shame and the profound courage of the human spirit to overcome it.
Length: 30 min.
Language: English and French with English Subtitles
Director: Arlea Arhcroft
Producer: Janelle Wookey
Producer Website: N/A
Distributor: Monica Lowe, Winnipeg Film Group
Distributor Web site: http://www.winnipegfilmgroup.com
Festival Screenings and Awards:
Cynthia-Lickers Sage Award for Emerging Talent, imagineNATIVE, Toronto, ON, 2008; Best New Talent, Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, Winnipeg, MB, 2008; Recontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal, Quebec, 2008; North American Indigenous Film and Video Festival, Smithsonian, NYC, 2009; Shutter 2 Think, Terrace, BC, 2009; Palm Springs Festival of Native Film and Culture, CA, 2009; DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, 2009; Planet IndigenUS, Toronto, ON, 2009; Planète Honnête Festival, Sudbury, ON, 2009; Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth, Vancouver, BC, 2010; Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, ON, 2010; Voices&Views Film Festival, Belleville, ON, 2011.