Kim O’Bomsawin completed a master’s degree in sociology before embarking on her documentary filmmaking career. From the Abenaki Nation, informing the public on First Peoples issues motivates her approach.
O’Bomsawin’s feature documentary, QUIET KILLING, about missing and murdered indigenous women, won the “Donald Britain Award for Best Political and Social Documentary” (Canadian Screen Awards, 2018). Her documentary films have followed young Indigenous hockey players (THE RED LINE, 2014) and restorative justice movements (MINOKIN: REPARER NOTRE JUSTICE, 2020). Her documentary TEWEIKAN REVIVED, following three musicians returning to their land and their first inspirations, won a 2019 Gemini Award.
She is currently working on several documentary feature projects, including NIN AUASS, an intimate and poetic portrait of First Nations youth (NFB), and IT TAKES A VILLAGE, on the return of births to remote Indigenous communities. Since 2018, she has worked as a content producer and director for the development of the transmedia project TELLING OUR STORY (TERRE INNUE), whose objective is to offer a decolonized vision of the History of the 11 First Peoples of Quebec, and she is cowriting her first animated feature film on indigenous feminicide within the international co-production Ghostdance.
Kim also gives lectures in schools and institutions on the issues that affect First Peoples. In addition to her marked interest in Indigenous issues, her studies in sociology make her a very versatile director and screenwriter. (05/22)