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The Road Forward

National Film Board
101 minutes
presented by CFRU



A musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

About the Director

Marie Clements is a Canadian Métis playwright, performer, director, producer and screenwriter. Marie was founding artistic director of urban ink productions, and is currently co-artistic director of red diva projects, and director of her new film company Working Pajama Lab Entertainment. Clements lives on Galiano Island British Columbia Canada. As a writer Marie has worked in a variety of mediums including theatre, performance, film, multi-media, radio, and television.

Post Film Discussion:

Carol Tylerwill lead a post-film discussion. CarolTyler is a respected elder in our community, weaving a network for people who identify as First Nations, Metis, Mixed Ancestry, Inuit as well as allies, to share, learn and grow together!


Earlier Event: November 16
Later Event: November 18
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