What Price An Island?

Mike MacDonald

1985, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


"What Price An Island? is about reclaiming territory: in this case, both figuratively and literally. The native land claim battle in British Columbia has Meares Island as its focal point. The tape begins with a circumnavigation of the island. This allows for the island itself to be made real for the audience and to seduce them with its rugged beauty. The implied distance between the viewer and the island reinforces its physical autonomy. It is clearly the 'object in question'. This image is later contrasted with that of native elders standing together, proud, like the trees McMillan-Bloedel threatens, at a rally where they speak eloquently and authentically about their claim to Meares."

-Karen Knights, VideoGuide (1988)

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