../Morning Post
Posted April 6, 2011


Laurier Brantford hosts filmmaker for documentary screening

BRANTFORD – Gemini Award-nominated director Andrée Cazabon will visit Laurier Brantford April 6 to screen her documentary, Third World Canada. The screening begins at 6 p.m. in the Research and Academic Centre, 150 Dalhousie St.

Cazabon’s film examines life in the Northern Ontario community of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (the people of the lake). Three suicides leave eight children orphaned in the community, which struggles with Third World-like conditions. The documentary explores the impact of the conditions on the children left behind and the community’s courage in looking after them.

“The film discusses a very painful topic,” said Aboriginal Student Support Services Coordinator Marnie Antoniow. “I think many people’s eyes are going to be opened and I hope a desire for change will be initiated.”

The screening also marks the end of Laurier’s “Adopt-a-Box” campaign. Inspired by the trailer for the documentary, Laurier Brantford student Maureene Ninham created the campaign, which accepts donations of clothing, supplies and non-perishable food items for the community.

“The Adopt-A-Box campaign was an idea generated around a table of how Laurier Brantford could contribute and make a difference,” said Antoniow. “I would like our community to match the same kind of enthusiasm for the Third World conditions in Canada as we do Third World nations around the globe.”

Before the screening, Laurier Brantford’s Coordinator of Community Service Learning Darren Thomas will provide a contextual history on Aboriginal Peoples and discuss the effects of social determinants on First Nations communities. A member of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug community will also attend.

The screening of Third World Canada is free and open to the public. mantoniow@wlu.ca.

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