Native Canadian filmmaker Christine Welsh has been producing, writing and directing films for more than twenty-five years. The most notable aspect of her filmmaking is her devotion to documenting the struggle of Native Canadian women like herself. She wrote and produced WOMEN IN THE SHADOWS, a one-hour documentary about her search for her Metis grandmothers. The film won the Best Documentary award at the 1992 Vancouver International Film Festival and was nominated for the 1993 Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini award for Best Documentary. Welsh also wrote, directed, and co-produced KEEPERS OF THE FIRE, a one-hour tribute to Aboriginal women’s resistance, which earned her the honor of being named co-recipient of the first Alanis Obomsawin Award for outstanding achievement in the Canadian Aboriginal film industry. KEEPERS OF THE FIRE has been featured at major film festivals throughout Canada and the U.S. and has had special screenings at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand.
Welsh’s most recent documentary, FINDING DAWN won a Gold Audience Award at the 2006 Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver, and was screened at the United Nations in New York for the 2007 International Women’s Day celebration. The documentary profiles three of the estimated 500 Native women who have been murdered or gone missing in Canada over the past thirty years. Walsh enjoys spending time at home on Salt Spring with her partner Tony and her donkey Honey. (10/09)
A film by Christine Welsh, 2006, 73 min., Color
FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ci...