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Holy Angels

Jay Cardinal Villeneuve
2017 | 13 min
In 1963, Lena Wandering Spirit became one of the more than 150,000 Indigenous children who were removed from their families and sent to residential school. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve’s short documentary Holy Angels powerfully recaptures Canada’s colonialist history through impressionistic images and the fragmented language of a child. Villeneuve met Lena through his work as a videographer with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Filmed with a fierce determination to not only uncover history but move past it, Holy Angels speaks of the resilience of a people who have found ways of healing—and of coming home again.

Prix et distinctions

  • Best Alberta Short Documentary
    International Film Festival, Edmonton
    2018
  • Mention spéciale pour le meilleur court métrage
    Festival Présence Autochtone (Terres en Vues), Montréal
    2018
  • Indigenous Award
    Festival de film de Yorkton, Yorkton
    2018
  • Founder's Award ex-aequo with "Run as One- The Journey of the Front Runners" by Erica Daniels
    Festival de film de Yorkton, Yorkton
    2018