We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice


The Main 1 Wed, Apr 19, 2017 1:40 PM
The Main 5 Sat, Apr 22, 2017 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
$6.00 Earlybird
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:World Cinema
Women and Film
Women Directors
Human Rights
Culture & Society
Social Justice
National Canadian Film Day
Release Year:2016
Runtime:163 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:National Film Board of Canada
Director:Alanis Obomsawin
Producer:Alanis Obomsawin
Annette Clarke
Screenwriter:Alanis Obomsawin
Editor:Alison Burns
Composer:Michel Dubeau
Lauren Bélec
Filmography:Mother of Many Children ('77)
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance ('93)
Rocks at Whiskey Trench ('00)
Rocks at Whiskey Trench ('00)
Is the Crown at War with Us? ('02)
Waban-aki: People from Where the Sun Rises ('06)
The People of the Kattawapiskak River ('12)
Trick or Treaty? ('14)


Director Alanis Obomsawin attending 4/22

The rights of First Nations children take center stage in this landmark documentary, the 50th by legendary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice follows the historic discrimination complaint filed against the Government of Canada in 2007 by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations. Led by Cindy Blackstock, the head of the Caring Society, they argued that child and family welfare services provided to First Nations children on reserves were underfunded and inferior to those offered to other Canadian children. Over the course of the next three years, Blackstock and her allies tenaciously fought for what they knew was right in the face of overt—and covert—challenges.

Obomsawin’s deft documentary lens gives us a rare and detailed glimpse into the Canadian legal system as a remarkable story of courage, conviction and justice unfolds.


"With Canada's 150th approaching, there is much talk of reconciliation with aboriginal people: Obomsawin has painstakingly exposed the official attitudes that might get in the way." - Globe and Mail

Director’s Biography

Alanis Obomsawin: Master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin has been making documentaries through the National Film Board of Canada since the 1960s. One of the most significant voices in documentary filmmaking, Obomsawin is committed to sharing Indigenous perspectives in her expansive body of work, which now stands at 50 features and shorts.

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