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We Were Children (2012)

For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada's First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 ... See full summary »

Director:

Tim Wolochatiuk

Writer:

Jason Sherman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rene Batson Rene Batson ... Glen Age 8
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taya Ayotte Bourns Taya Ayotte Bourns ... Student (voice) (as Taya Dawn Ayotte Bourns)
Alice Dano Alice Dano ... Schoolyard Nun
Justin Ducharme Justin Ducharme ... Glen (Age 18)
Darcy Fehr ... Glen's Teacher
Darren Felbel ... Priest
Rebecca Gibson ... Sister Mary
Kristen Harris ... Lebret Nun
Ashley Hirt ... Nurse
Robert Kostyra Robert Kostyra ... Black Robe Priest
Daina Leitold ... Nun
John B. Lowe ... Deputy Minister
Ross McMillan Ross McMillan ... Father X
Curtis Moore Curtis Moore ... Father X
Fawnda Neckoway Fawnda Neckoway ... Lyna's Mom
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For over 130 years till 1996, more than 100,000 of Canada's First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded schools run by various Christian faiths. There were 80 of these 'residential schools' across the country. Most children were sent to faraway schools that separated them from their families and traditional land. These children endured brutality, physical hardship, mental degradation, and the complete erasure of their culture. The schools were part of a wider program of assimilation designed to integrate the native population into 'Canadian society.' These schools were established with the express purpose 'To kill the Indian in the child.' Told through their own voices, 'We Were Children' is the shocking true story of two such children: Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart. Written by EV Staff

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Cree

Release Date:

3 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$16,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Parallel Paralyzing Pain in a Docu-Drama.
20 March 2013 | by ram-30See all my reviews

At times, the interspersed interviews with the real life Glen Anaquod and Lyna Hart seemed intrusive. That's because the dramatizations were so strong. However, without this real life touch by the two children as elders, the overall impact of the film would have been lessened. The abuse (psychological, physical, spiritual, emotional, sexual, cultural) of the girl from Manitoba and the boy from Saskatchewan was so similar the viewer gets the sense that their experience was typical of all residential students at that time. The director, Tim Wolochatiuk, does a good job of bringing these parallels together. I also enjoyed the symbolism Wolochatiuk employed, especially that of Lyna's horses in her secret place. In the midst of the Idle No More and similar grass roots movements, this docu-drama is very timely. Showing Prime Minister Stephen Harper's parliamentary apology at the end of the show seemed to be done tongue in cheek, the irony apparent to all who know of Mr. Harper's plans to dismantle the First Nations people's rights.


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