Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada's GenocideHiddenFromHistory.org
Apr. 30, 2008
UNREPENTANT chronicles Canada's "dirty secret" - the planned extermination of aboriginal people in church-run Indian Residential Schools – and a clergyman's struggle to document and make public these crimes.
UNREPENTANT is an intensely human story based on the first-hand testimonies of aboriginal survivors of Canada's "residential schools", where more than 50,000 children died between 1890 and 1984. Their passionate accounts are interwoven with former United Church minister Kevin Annett's own story of how he faced firing, "defrocking", and the loss of his family, livelihood and reputation because of his efforts to help residential school survivors and bring out the full truth of the murder and torture that occurred in these schools.
UNREPENTANT took nineteen months to film, primarily in British Columbia and Alberta, and is based on Rev. Kevin Annett's books Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust (2005) and Love and Death in the Valley (2002). This film was an entirely self-funded, grassroots effort, which is reflected in its earthy authenticity. It was filmed on the sites of many of the former Indian residential schools and other places where the crimes described in the film took place.
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