A drama about the residential school experience in North America filmed, written and directed by the first Native American female lead, Marie Clements’ “Crow’s Bones” isn’t afraid to make people uncomfortable.
“We have to shout about it,” Helmer said. Difference At Mipcom, talking about the graphic scenes of the event. An accompanying film is also in the works.
“I’ve never felt it was too cruel or violent, but violence against indigenous peoples is real. I wanted the audience to understand it, but I want them to understand that release, the previous release as well.
The decades-long story, told in five episodes, focuses on Cree matrique Alleyne as she survives her childhood in a Canadian residential school and then battles systemic hunger, racism and sexual abuse.
A CBC Original, “Bones of Crows” is produced by Ayasu Oscana Pictures Inc., with Marie Clements Media, Screen Siren Pictures and Grana Productions on board.
Grace Dove, in “The Revenant,” stars Philip Forrest Levisky, Remy Girard, Karin Vanasse, Alyssa Wapanatahk, Angus Macfadyen and Michel Turosh.
“To really understand any trauma, we need to understand the long-term problems,” Clements said.
“How it changes humanity, how we can be inspired by these experiences throughout our lives. Often this applies to our children and their children.
Residential schools for Canadian aboriginal children existed until the late 1990s. Last year, the remains of 215 children who were students at Canada’s largest institution were found near Kamloops, British Columbia.
“What happened in these schools, was not a one-time event. This experience set off a whole domino of things that weren’t just personal. They were political,” she says.
She admits the shocking discovery will come as no surprise to her community.
“It has been recorded and discussed on many accounts in our family. But actually a body, a baby’s body, that makes it real. He made it a reality even for those who didn’t want to believe the natives.
Clements said her ministry, which has been described as a “multi-generational experience,” is based on the “similarity of that experience.”
“It may be seen as confrontational, but it is the truth. And we have to face the truth.
And behind “Red Ice” or “Street Face,” Clements says she’s been telling “difficult” stories most of her life.
“At the same time these 215 babies were found, there was a shooting going on in the residential school, in the girls’ dorm. We were doing a scene about what happens to children buried by the river.
“People want history to remain history, but it’s not over with us.”
Clements said everyone in her cast and crew has a family member who either went to residential school or lost someone because of it. “It brought us together,” she said.
“I don’t think this story was told five or three years ago. A Métis/Dene filmmaker says things have “opened up” in Canada, which he says has never happened before.
“Hopefully, we’ve reached a point where everyone can tell the truth about themselves. There is an integrity for women to tell their own stories, for Indigenous people to tell their own stories. It only makes us better,” he said.
She cites “Roots” as inspiration.
“We talked about it with one of my executives, Sam Grana  show It opened up the world to how we understood the black American experience.
People understand ‘other’ stories. The more we realize how connected we are, the less we want to hurt each other.
Trish Dolman, Christine Hebler, Sam Grana, Aaron Gilbert, Steven Thibault and Noah Segal serve as executive producers.