US Premiere
1:02:37 m / Doc Feature / Canada 

Monday, November 11, 2019
Laemmle Music Hall | 6:00pm to 7:30pm  

Eight Native women storytellers, writers and poets performing live at the Atalukan Storytelling and Legends Festival in Mashtueiatsh (Pointe-Bleue), Quebec. ​

Director: Claude Hamel
Cast: Josephine Bacon, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau,  Alice Germain, Telesh Bégin, Marie-Andrée Gill, Kathia Rock,  Sonia Robertson
Screenwriter: Claude Hamel
Producer: Claude Hamel

Includes a post screening Q&A with the director(s)

Director (s)

Claude Hamel was born in Abitibi and is a resident of the Canadian Eastern Townships since 2006. Initiated to the art of urban storytelling in 1981 with the Wondeur Brass collective, she added traditional storytelling tales to her practice when she was involved in Productions, a group of artists and therapists led by the Jungian author Guy Corneau. She then co-directed workshops, from 1998 to 2008, in France, Belgium, Egypt and Quebec. Claude has been writing, exploring and presenting since then traditional and historical storytelling pieces as well as life stories based on the personal experience that has led her from film sets to mythical places around the world. A soundwoman in documentary cinema from 1986 to 2012, Claude also directed three short films, and a 62 minutes documentary film in 2018, Ishkueu Territory Woman Territory, selected in the Festival de Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue . A documentary featuring 8 native women writers, storytellers, authors, she produced in collaboration with the Filmmaker Assistance Program of National Film Board of Canada and a PRIM grant for the mix. The director/storyteller/writer has signed eight coloring storytelling books she illustrated herself. In 2013, Claude Hamel signed the historical research and the artistic direction of A coeur Vaillant, a historic tour of the City of Contrecoeur , as well as the self-guided tour of Old Yellowknife. Claude Hamel was invited to do storytelling in 2014 at the International Contes et Musique Festival of the City of Fort-de-France in Martinique and pursue an international career. On the Quebec scene, she participate in Storytelling festival Festilou in Montreal, Storytelling Atalukan in Mashteuiatsh and to the Rendez-vous des Grandes Gueules de Trois Pistoles.

Director Statement

I’m a storyteller and a documentary filmmaker with a twitch towards social justice. When invited to perform at Atalukan Storytelling Festival, I filmed almost all storytellers, sharing the opportuinity I had to offer them video clips to publicize their work, for free. I later realized that I had in hand a beautiful film, and here it is!

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