The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.
You’ve never seen anything like this before. Marie Clements’ remarkable, stunning musical documentary takes us on a journey through time to tell the story of contemporary Indigenous civil rights in Canada. Using the talents of some of our greatest singers and musicians, this feature brings forward the story of The Native Voice, the country’s first Indigenous newspaper, and how this revolutionary publication helped nurture generations of activists and give birth to a movement. Fueled by legendary leaders such as Shuswap Grand Chief George Manuel, the Constitution Express – an unprecedented grassroots activist movement born on the West Coast and a literal train journey from Vancouver to Ottawa – changed Canada forever and enshrined Indigenous rights in the Canadian constitution. Marie Clements beautifully connects stories of activism with the lives of Indigenous musicians to tell an inspirational story of legacy, pride, and strength. The Road Forward delivers a perfect message for our times: build on the achievements of our shared past to create a better tomorrow.
Marie Clements (Métis/Dene) is an award-winning visionary writer, director and producer of film, television, radio, new media and live performance. She is currently at work on a dramatic feature film.
Each month the Creston Public Library offers a screening of some of the latest hard hitting or informative releases for viewing and discussion. Everyone is welcome, admittance is free, and there is no need to register.
Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake): Indigenous Cinema on Tour is a cross-country screening series showcasing groundbreaking films by Indigenous directors produced by the National Film Board. The series engages with many key themes in Indigenous Canadian cinema—colonization, resistance, cultural resurgence—and aims to build understanding and connection between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. The Creston Public Library will be screening five of these films with the fourth being The Road Forward on Saturday, September 8th at 2pm in the meeting room.
To learn more about this documentary and to watch the movie trailer please see the website: https://www.nfb.ca/film/road_forward/
As with all of our documentaries: The views and statements expressed in this film are solely those of the film makers and the other contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Creston Public Library.
Run time 101 minutes. Discussion to follow.