Being Innu / Être Innu / Eukuan umue Innu
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In the 1960s, government policy forced them to settle and form communities in Labrador and Quebec. Ancestral ways collided with modern ones and gave rise to ongoing struggles. Now the grandchildren tell their own story.
Being Innu takes an unvarnished look at life in the village of Sheshatshiu, Labrador, population 1,400. Six savvy, gutsy young people talk to filmmaker Catherine Mullins about addiction, suicide, lack of jobs, hopelessness. They will grab your heart with their stories: “I first thought about suicide when I was 7,” says 16-year-old April whose father and brother died tragically. They will make you laugh with their wry humour: “What do you do when you live in a shoe?” quips Jimmy, 25.
Interviews with Elders, grandparents, community leaders and teachers round out this portrait of a community in crisis - sadly a situation that will resonate with many aboriginal nations. What is remarkable about the youth of Sheshatshiu is their love of the land and of their native language. For them, being Innu means establishing a balance between the traditional ways of the past and today's reality.
NOTE: DVD includes 77 minute and 52 minute English versions and a 52 minute French version.
Available for purchase separately is a version in the Innu-aimun language. (same prices as listed above)