Critical Writing Index

The Indian Film Crews of Challenge For Change: Representation and the State

by Michelle Stewart

Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Fall 2007, v. 16, no. 2, pp. 49-81

Starting in 1967, the National Film Board of Canada's Challenge for Change program engaged in social change for Aboriginal people. Its "dialogue films" contributed to a major political and cultural shift in relations between First Nations and Canada. Michelle Stewart explores the history of this program and the evolution of "direct cinema," looking at the two national Indian training crews (1968-70, 1971-73) and the films they produced.

Key words: Indian Film Crew, aboriginal cinema, documentary, NFB

ITEM 2007.156 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

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Our Land Is Our LifeBoyce Richardson; Tony Ianzelo