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The Pass System: Life under segregation in Canada

Filmmaker Alex Williams decided to dig into this dark chapter in Canadian history for his first documentary, The Pass System.
Filmmaker Alex Williams decided to dig into this dark chapter in Canadian history for his first documentary, The Pass System.

Filmmaker Alex Williams decided to dig into this dark chapter in Canadian history for his first documentary, The Pass System.

The Pass System illuminates Canada’s hidden history of segregation. For over 60 years, the Canadian government denied many Indigenous peoples the basic freedom to leave their reserves without a pass. Nehiyaw, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Niitsitapi elders tell their stories of living under and resisting the system, and link their experiences to today. Renowned artists and scholars give context to the on-going legacy of the system. Acclaimed actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal (Stumptown, Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), narrates this investigative look into a little-known Canada, with music by award-winning composer Cris Derksen.

Written, Produced & Directed by Alex Williams

Executive Producer James Cullingham

Narration Tantoo Cardinal

Music Composed and Performed by Cris Derksen

Cinematography Alex Williams

Editor Igal Hecht

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