VIFF 2019: Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger


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      The messenger here is a Manitoba Cree boy born with serious deformities, with services denied because of his First Nations status, and the message is carried by (inter)national treasure Alanis Obomsawin. At 87, she’s still raising questions with righteous anger and answering them with deep humanism.

      Here, the one-hour, roller-coaster story centres on Jordan’s Principle, a unanimously passed law promising equal medical treatment for all Canadians—and one that took 10 years to get implemented.