When it comes to family stories few storytellers can match the prolific output of Barb Cranmer, one of the first Indigenous filmmakers to consistently name to her films with First Nation's words. Barb Cranmer maintains a strong bond to her community of Alert Bay, B. C., politically, and as a filmmaker. As a filmmaker, Barb is recognized as a voice for her people and has won numerous awards. Her strong sense of community has led her to other projects besides film, such as, curator for the U'mista... [see more] Cultural Center. Temporarily retired from filmmaking she now runs a small gift shop and offers a cultural experience for tourists. Tune in for some Culture Shock in Alert Bay.
We have selected our subjects from a diverse range of filmmakers, writers, directors and performing artists who are pioneers of Indigenous cinema and television. Many of the artists featured in the series have focused at least part of their lives on the Aboriginal narrative and in the process are creating an impact on world screen culture. The Storytellers are from all parts of Canada and New Zealand. THEY ANSWER THE QUESTION: IS THERE AN INDIGENOUS VOICE IN MAINSTREAM CINEMA?