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CLUB NATIVE

(2008)
78 mins | Aboriginal/Indigenous Themes | Discrimination | Documentary | Family & Family Relationships | History | Politics | Social Justice | Strong Female Leads |
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Director: Tracey Deer

Writer(s): Tracey Deer

Star(s): n/a

Synopsis:

On the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake, outside of Montreal, there are two unspoken rules: Don’t marry a white person, and don’t have a child with one. The consequences of ignoring these rules can be dire — loss of membership on the reserve for yourself and your child. And for those who incur them, the results can be devastating.

In this honest and affecting doc, filmmaker Tracey Deer follows the stories of four Kahnawake women whose lives have been affected by these rules, shedding light on contemporary Aboriginal identity and asking questions about how we all understand who we are.

It was a mix of: sad, funny and hope. It was well filmed, and fun to watch. 
— Grade 9 student, Rosedale Heights School for the Arts, Toronto

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About the Director

Tracey Deer

In 2008, Deer became the first Mohawk woman to win a Gemini Award in Best Documentary Writing, for Club Native. Her debut doc was the award- winning Mohawk Girls (p.56). Deer is also the writer, director and producer of the 2014 dramatic TV series of the same name.

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Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12

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