National Film Board of Canada declares Michelle Latimer’s documentary troublesome indian will travel to APTN next month and will be available for educational and community screenings in the fall.
The release schedule comes more than a year after the NFB and the film’s producers pulled the project from distribution amid controversy over the director’s claims of Indigenous ancestry.
The NFB says it held “a series of meaningful consultations” with partners, including an NFB Indigenous Advisory Committee and the film’s producers, to find “a responsible path…that recognizes the collective contribution of Indigenous participants to the screen”.
troublesome indianwhich is based on Thomas King’s bestselling book of the same name on the colonial history of North America, will have its world premiere on APTN on April 8 and will air the following day on APTN Lumi.
The NFB says the film will then be available for educational and community screenings in the fall, along with “additional material created to encourage reflection and discussion.”
After spending much of his career citing Algonquin, Métis and French heritage, Latimer’s identity was called into question in late 2020 when the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, an Algonquin First Nation about 120 kilometers north of north of Ottawa, denied any connection to her in a CBC investigation.
The Toronto-based filmmaker apologized for naming the community before checking out the link but maintained in a blog Publish and interview with The Globe and Mail that she had ancestral ties to the mixed Algonquin/French-Canadian population of the area.
The controversy led Latimer to quit the acclaimed CBC series Trickster, a drama she co-created and directed, based on novels by Indigenous writer Eden Robinson. CBC has canceled a second season.
Meanwhile, the NFB was pulling troublesome indian from the cast and all the film festivals, including the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where it was set to make its US debut.
The NFB said in a statement Monday that its new release plan “reflects the priority shared by all parties involved to ensure that the film serves its highest value” and fosters dialogue and conversation about the issues raised. in King’s book.