Honour your word… screens under the stars

HONOUR YOUR WORD (French subtitled version) will be presented at the Cinéma sous les étoiles Festival in Montreal

with filmmaker Martha Stiegman and Barriere Lake Community spokespeople in attendance.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 8:45pm at Parc Saint-Gabriel, corner Charlevoix / Grand Trunk, in Pointe-St-Charles, 2 mins walk from Charlevoix Metro.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/71470916

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 a part of their way of life, a life rooted in the forest they are defending.

for more details: http://cse2014.funambulesmedias.org/tenez-votre-parole/

for information on Barriere Lake: www.barrierelakesolidarity.org

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Halifax Screening @ NSCAD – June 12th


Join local activist Sherry Pictou, filmmaker Martha Stiegman and Cinema Politica co-founder and NSCAD research fellow Ezra Winton for a discussion on leveraging documentary art and spectatorship into political intervention and public activation. We will be launching the new Cinema Politica book Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism as well as offering a special screening of Stiegman’s documentary HONOUR YOUR WORD (watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/71470916).

Admission is free and seating is limited, so please come on time (also the front door will be locked as of 7:10). There will be some refreshments served after the screening.

When: Thursday, June 12, 7PM
Where: NSCAD University, Academy Building, Room A-208, 1649 Brunswick
Cost: Free
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/250921178428306/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Sponsors: Cinema Politica, Radical Imagination, NSCAD Division of Art History and Critical Studies, DOC Atlantic.

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Screening at McCord Museum wednesday April 23

Honour your word (Tenez votre parole), a film by Martha Stiegman, will screen at the McCord Museum in Montreal on Wednesday, April 23, 6 pm, in honour of Earth Day.

The film will be presented in English with French subtitles. Admission free, but seats limited.

Théatre J.A. Bombardier, McCord Museum, 690, Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, Quebec (Metro McGill).


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Trailer – Honour Your Word

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Premiere screening in Montreal at Cinema Politica


Honour Your Word will premiere at Cinema Politica!

WHERE:  D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve W.
WHEN:  Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Filmmaker Martha Stiegman and the main protagonists will be there to answer all your questions!

See you there!

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Honour Your Word released

Marylynn Poucachiche and Norman Matchewan faced tear gas and police batons when they joined their parents on the barricades to defend the Barriere Lake Algonquins’ traditional territory in the 1980s. Little did Marylynn and Norman 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 the dramatic story of a tiny First Nations community in Quebec with big strength of character and determination, and follows new Algonquin leaders, as their community fights to protect their land, way of life, and their language.

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a film by Martha Stiegman