17 Meaning of Life

Meaning of Life (17)

19:30, Wednesday 01st July, Theatre A

  • Director: Hugh Brody (Can)
  • Year: 2008
  • Run time: 82'
  • Format: DVCAM

The meaning of life is a journey into the thoughts and voices of the inmates at a unique minimum security prison in British Columbia. A ten-year collaboration between the Chehalis First Nation and Correctional Services Canada, Kwikwexwelhp’s rehabilitation programs are based in Aboriginal spirituality and teachings and strive to introduce the notion of community to the inmates. Many of the men are serving life sentences, the majority of them are themselves First Nations. The film gives voice to those who are rarely heard – their experiences past and present, their hopes for the future.

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About this Festival

Sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

The festival was held from Wednesday July 1st to Saturday July 4th 2009, and included over 50 hours of screenings of new films, a major international conference, and a targeted selection of events focusing on anthropological ethics in filmmaking, youth participatory film, and archiving ethnographic film.

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