The National Film Board of Canada is marking National Aboriginal Day with the online launch of Pete Standing Alone, a trilogy covering 50 years of a reserve in Alberta, as well as God’s Lake Narrows, an interactive depiction of real life on the reserve.
The Pete Standing Alone Trilogy features two documentaries from filmmaker Colin Low, with the most recent film directed by Narcisse Blood. The three documentaries, 1960′s Circle of the Sun, 1982′s Standing Alone and 2010′s Round Up, document the successes, challenges and transformations experienced by the Blood Reserve in Alberta over the past 50 years.
At the center of the films is Pete Standing Alone, who is first seen as a disinterested youth, then becomes a community-minded man and in the last doc, an impassioned elder.
The trilogy will be accompanied online by an educator’s guide, interviews with the filmmakers and a playlist of related titles.
Winnipeg artist Kevin Lee Burton and NFB Prairie Centre producer Alicia Smith have teamed up on God’s Lake Narrows, which invites viewers to get a real portrait of life on a reserve. It features interactive portraits of Burton’s friends, family members and their homes on the reserve he grew up on.
Both the trilogy and the interactive will go live on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, on the NFB’s website.