Alanis Obomsawin has made a name for herself as a documentary filmmaker who does double duty as a storyteller for her First Nations people. She was most recently the subject of a retrospective at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival, receiving the fest’s Outstanding Achievement Award and premiering her latest National Film Board doc, Professor Norman Cornett – ‘Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?’. Obomsawin has received many accolades for her filmmaking, but she told realscreen about some of her other creative talents that some people may not know about.
1. I do etchings. It’s quite passionate for me. It’s like therapy in terms of what it does to work with my hands for hours and hours making these little lines, and I enjoy it so much.
2. I like to make toys for children. I make a lot of stuffed animals, dolls, clothes and I repair old toys. I recycle, I buy some, I make some. I love doing that. I’ve been doing that for many, many years.
3. I like to dance. I dance every morning in my kitchen, repeating the same song over and over again. I get to the point where I love one song so much I might listen to it ten times, dancing to it. These days I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd’s [The Wall] a lot, mainly because part of it is in my film.