At the Heart of it All

Chris Bose

2009, 08:16 minutes, colour/B&W


At the Heart of it All is a short film by N’laka pamux filmmaker Chris Bose, dealing with what could be described as the heart of all the pain throughout First Nations Canada. The Residential school system and the generational ripples of suffering it has caused over the past century. The film combines mysterious 1940’s residential school footage from somewhere in BC with modern images to contrast the past with the modern tailspin of society, religion, family, and culture. Rich in visual metaphor and imagery, the film does the talking as there is zero dialogue or central characters.

Never easy to watch, Chris puts it bluntly, “I can always tell if someone has seen one of my films, or if they’re lying. But these films are necessary, they are an integral part of the healing journey. I really made this as a way of trying to really understand what my mum went through, after she saw it, she said she never wanted to see it again, but encouraged me to show it to the world, so we’d never forget, our own hidden holocaust.”

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