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CINEMATHEQUE AT HOME

Safe at Home: Call Me Human

Fri, Feb 19 / 7 pm
Free to view!
Directed by Kim O'Bomsawin
2020, Canada, 78 min
French, Innu and English with subtitles

Followed by live Q&A with Kim O’Bomsawin, moderated by Rosanna Deerchild.

“Sauvage,” says Joséphine Bacon, “means to be wholly free.” When elders leave us, a link to the past vanishes along with them. Innu writer Joséphine Bacon exemplifies a generation that is bearing witness to a time that will soon have passed away. With charm and diplomacy, she leads a charge against the loss of a language, a culture, and its traditions. On the trail of Papakassik, the master of the caribou, Call Me Human proposes a foray into a people’s multimillennial history, in company with a woman of great spirit who has devoted her life to passing on her knowledge and that of her ancestors. In her language, Innu means “human.”

* Best Canadian Documentary 2020 – Vancouver International Film Festival

* Best Canadian Documentary & People’s Choice 2020 – Calgary International Film Festival


This free program is presented with the support of the Province of Manitoba’s Safe at Home program. Visit safeathomemb.ca for a list of other programs available for free.

Reviews

There is no Innu word for "poetry", notes Josephine Bacon at the beginning of Kim O’Bomsawin’s enchanting, affectionate and transporting portrait of the septuagenarian writer, filmmaker, translator and poet. Bacon only published her first volume of poems in 2009, but is already recognized as one of the most important Montreal writers. O’Bomsawin enjoys a deep rapport with her gregarious subject, who recounts her life primarily through celebrating the friendships she found along the way, during 14 years at a residential school, arriving with nothing in the big city in the late 60s…Bacon’s poetry is a vehicle to keep her people’s ancient tongue alive. Her words – and O’Bomsawin’s layered and lovely images – convey just how precious a gift this is. An irresistible film.
- Vancouver International Film Festival
With charm and diplomacy, she (Josephine Bacon) leads a charge against the loss of a language, a culture, and its traditions.
- 2021 Available Light Film Festival
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