Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  17 minutes
Date:  2010
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French
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When All the Leaves Are Gone

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As the only First Nations student in an all-white 1940s school, eight-year old Wato is keenly aware of the hostility towards her. She deeply misses the…

When All the Leaves Are Gone

As the only First Nations student in an all-white 1940s school, eight-year old Wato is keenly aware of the hostility towards her. She deeply misses the loving environment of the reserve she once called home, and her isolation is sharpened by her father's serious illness. When Wato's teacher reads from a history book describing First Nations peoples as ignorant and cruel, it aggravates her classmates' prejudice. Shy and vulnerable, Wato becomes the target of their bullying and abuse. Alone in her suffering, she finds solace and strength in the protective world of her magical dreams.

Inspired by personal experiences of writer and director Alanis Obomsawin, When All the Leaves are Gone combines autobiography, fiction and fable to create a deeply moving story about the power of dreams.

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Main credits

Obomsawin, Alanis (film director)
Obomsawin, Alanis (screenwriter)
Obomsawin, Alanis (film producer)
Dumas, Rosalie (actor)

Other credits

Editor, Alison Burns; camera, Philippe Amiguet; original music, Luc-Dominique Tremblay, Normand Guilbeault.


Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Canada
Indigenous Peoples
Education
Race and Racism

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Keywords

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