Accepted Paper:

The Meaning of Life  
The Filmstream

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

<em>Filmmaker: Hugh Brody, Canada, UK</em>

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.

82', 2008

Panel W104
Visual representation of crisis through ethnographic film