A Place With No Name

Elizabeth Schroder

1989, 45:00 minutes, colour, English


A Place With No Name explores the relationship between two women, one native (living in the north), one white (living in the urban south), whose only contact with each other is through the telephone. Clearly set from the perspective of the white woman, the tape represents the space and gulf between two cultures, between two individuals.
Betty's inherited racism towards native people along with all the historical iconographies clash with her white guilt and love for her friend, Elisipa. While Elisipa turns to Betty for emotional support, she rejects Betty's obvious skewed perspective; the white woman's glib sympathies are unable to help the native woman come to grips with the oppression of her people.

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Critical Writing

Colouring the Screen: Four Strategies in Anti-racist Film and Video
by Richard Fung. Parallèlogramme, 1992, v. 18, no. 3.
Vista: Video by Canadian Women Artists
by Nina Czegledy. Toronto: N/A, 1990.
Videotape picks apart white liberal guilt: Indians are everwhere...
by Geoff Pevere. The Toronto Star, Aug. 4, 1989.