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Lettres d’amour et de guerre: “human voices with a capital H” au Centre Pompidou

by Sabrina Mathews The Centre Pompidou in Paris included my film, Lettres d’amour et de guerre (A time of love and war), as part of their programming for Le mois de la documentaire in November 2014. The theme was “war letters” and the films address conflicts from the First World War through WWII, Vietnam, Algeria, …read more

Lettres d’amour et de guerre de Sabrina Mathews à Paris

Lettres d’amour et de guerre de Sabrina Mathews sera présenté le vendredi 21 novembre, 20h, au Cinéma de la Bibliothèque, Centre Pompidou à Paris en présence de la réalisatrice. Le film est présenté dans le cadre du Cycle de films documentaires: Lettres d’un Temps de guerre (du 7 au 27 novembre 2014). Lettres d’amour et …read more

Honour your word at Planet in Focus Festival, Toronto

Friends in GTA, Honour your word has been selected at the Planet in focus festival (November 6-9, 2014). HYW will screen November 7 at 3pm in the Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele). Director Martha Stiegman will be present for Q&A session following the screening. Amis-es de Toronto, Tenez votre parole a été sélectionné au …read more






Honour your word

 

a film by Martha Stiegman

RoseMarylynn Poucachiche and Norman Matchewan faced tear gas and police batons when they joined their parents on the barricades to defend their traditional territory in the 1980s. Little did they realize they would still be on the barricades over 20 years later, this time with their own young children at their sides.

Honour Your Word is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.

The title refers to their campaign slogan demanding Canada and Quebec honour a precedent-setting conservation deal signed in 1991. Director, Martha Stiegman, spent four years shooting this poetic, heartfelt documentary that challenges stereotypes of “angry Indians.” Honour Your Word juxtaposes starkly contrasting landscapes—the majesty of the bush, a dramatic highway stand-off against a riot squad, daily life within the confines of the reserve—to reveal the spirit of a people for whom blockading has become an unfortunate part of their way of life, a life rooted in the piece of Boreal Forest they are defending.

The film draws us into the lives of two young leaders: Marylynn Poucachice, a mother of five, and Norman Matchewan, the soft-spoken son and grandson of traditional chiefs. Both spent their childhoods on the logging blockades their parents set up to win a sustainable development plan protecting their land. But it turns out signing the agreement was the easy part. Now, 20 years later, Norman and Marylynn are taking up the struggle of their youth, to force Canada and Quebec to honour their word.

Their fight may seem an impossible one, but as we spend time with Marylynn, Norman and the community they are so deeply a part of, we grow to identify with the impulse driving a struggle that spans generations. We learn why for people here, standing up is a necessity, not a choice – and what compels them to do so, despite the odds.

Official website: http://honouryourword-film.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HonourYourWord

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