Kevin Bacon Hervieux, Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing, 2017
Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing wins best documentary!
Prix et mentions
Vidéographe warmly congratulates Kevin Bacon Hervieux who was awarded the Iris for best documentary for Innu Nikamu: Resist and Sing at the Gala Québec Cinéma. He becomes the first Aboriginal artist to win this award. This is the first film of the 26-year-old man from Mani-Utenam. The film is a magnificent portrait of First Nations music and the resilience of the Mani-Utenam community. See it on Vithèque!
The origins and evolution of the Innu Nikamu Music and Aboriginal Arts Festival are intimately linked to the territorial roots of the Innu people and to the life of the Maliotenam Reserve community. For centuries past the Innu had followed a seasonal migration cycle, wintering in the northern territories for the caribou hunt and returning every summer to the north shore of the St-Lawrence. Festivities, meetings, traditional games and weddings marked the latter period, and the Festival has become the modern day reincarnation of the ancient summer celebration.
In more recent times Maliotenam was host to a government imposed residential school program that left an indelible scar on the community. At the school’s closing the buildings were demolished and buried in a field which was to become, a decade later in 1985, the site of Innu Nikamu. Through the music which has accompanied the Innu throughout their history, director Kevin Bacon traces the fabulous story of the founders, musicians, artisans and collaborators who ignited the hope of a community in distress, and dared to believe that the re-appropriation of their culture and their language was not an impossible challenge.
Once again, congratulations to Kevin Bacon Hervieux and his team!
Acceptance speech by Kevin Bacon Hervieux on Radio-Canada’s Website