Free Winnipeg screening of Marie Clements’ The Road Forward to celebrate National Canadian Film Day, April 18

The Road Forward / Link to Eventbrite

A free screening of the remarkable musical documentary, NFB-produced The Road Forward will be presented for National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) at 7 p.m. on April 18 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The film’s writer/director and NSI graduate, Marie Clements (Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program, NSI Storytellers) as well as documentary subject Doreen Manuel will take part in a Q&A session after the screening.

Reel Canada, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Urban Shaman Gallery co-present this event.

This groundbreaking film tells the tale of six generations of Indigenous activism, weaving in musical sequences and dramatic reenactments that seamlessly connect past and present with blues, rock and traditional beats.

The Road Forward is preceded by NSI IndigiDocs short film Mia’ from NSI graduates Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett.

National Canadian Film Day, an initiative of Reel Canada, is a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema. Over 700 screenings of Canadian films are confirmed to take place in theatres, schools, libraries, legion halls, military bases and other venues across the country and internationally.

The Road Forward, written and directed by Marie Clements

  • When: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.
  • Venue: Landmark Cinemas, Towne Cinema 8, 301 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
  • Cost: FREE

Part music video, part documentary, part performance film, The Road Forward offers a unique, defiant blend of genres that will leave you smiling and inspired. A rousing tribute to those who tirelessly fight for the rights of First Nations people and a visceral and inspiring call to action.

“The Road Forward delivers a perfect message for our times: build on the achievements of our shared past to create a better tomorrow.”
– imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

This event is free but advance registration is encouraged.

About Reel Canada

Reel Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes the diversity of Canadian film and its power to spark important conversations about our nation and what it means to be Canadian. Through our three core programmes – Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada and National Canadian Film Day (NCFD) – Reel Canada has reached hundreds of thousands of high school students, new Canadians, and general audience members. The 2017 edition of National Canadian Film Day, in honour of the nation’s sesquicentennial, was the World’s Largest Film Festival Ever, with more than 1,800 screenings of Canadian films across the country and around the world. Through its programmes, Reel Canada increases audiences for our films, encourages dialogue and provides an opportunity to enjoy our great nation through the wonderful stories we tell.

About Urban Shaman Gallery

Urban Shaman is an Aboriginal artist-run centre dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a leadership role in the cultivation of Indigenous art.

About the NFB

The NFB is Canada’s public producer of creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and immersive experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced more than 280 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers – an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. Guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the NFB has announced a three-year plan that will redefine its relationship with Indigenous peoples, with actions that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making its Indigenous collection more accessible via a new destination on and its apps for mobile devices.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionCBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSINSI Features FirstNSI Business for ProducersNSI IndigiDocs and TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at

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