The Spirit of Annie Mae
" The whole country changed with only a handful of raggedly-ass pilgrims that came over here in the 1500s. And it can take a handful of raggedy-ass Indians to do the same, and I intend to be one of those raggedy-ass Indians. "
International Film and Video Festival Columbus – USA
Nominated for a Gemini Award
Best Documentary Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature Great Plains Film Festival Lincoln - USA
Prize First Peoples' Festival Montréal
In 1975, Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, a 30-year-old Nova Scotia born-Mi'kmaw, was shot dead, execution style, on a desolate road in South Dakota. Aquash was highly placed in the American Indian Movement (AIM), a radical First Nations organization that took up arms in the 1970s to fight for the rights of their people.
It is a moving tribute from the women who were closest to her: the two daughters who fled with their mother when she hid from the FBI; the young women she inspired to embrace Native culture; and the other activists, including Buffy Sainte-Marie and investigative journalist Minnie Two Shoes, who stood in solidarity with her. All are still trying to understand why she met such a violent death. Follow them on their journey as they celebrate the life of a woman who inspired a generation of First Nations people.
Directed by Catherine Anne Martin
Produced by: Kent Martin
Editor: Angela Baker
Cinematographer: Kent Nason
Sound Recording: Arthur McKay
Executive Producer: Sally Bochner