The Road Forward

7:30pm, Friday, November 17
Art Gallery of Guelph
$15 suggested donation

Tickets available in advance at the Bookshelf and

The Road Forward
Marie Clements
National Film Board
101 minutes
presented by CFRU


A musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

About the Director

Marie Clements is a Canadian Métis playwright, performer, director, producer and screenwriter. Marie was founding artistic director of urban ink productions, and is currently co-artistic director of red diva projects, and director of her new film company Working Pajama Lab Entertainment. Clements lives on Galiano Island British Columbia Canada. As a writer Marie has worked in a variety of mediums including theatre, performance, film, multi-media, radio, and television.

Post Film Discussion:

Carol Tyler will lead a post-film discussion. Carol Tyler is a respected elder in our community, weaving a network for people who identify as First Nations, Metis, Mixed Ancestry, Inuit as well as allies, to share, learn and grow together!


Accompanied by the short film:

Treaty Number 3
Director: Danielle Sturk w/ Rebecca Belmore
4 minutes


A video portrait of a visual and performance art hybrid by acclaimed artist Rebecca Belmore and is inspired by the words of chief Mawe-do-pe-nais during treaty negotiations regarding Belmore’s ancestral land.

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Mailing Address

Guelph Film Festival
269 Liverpool St. N1H 2L6
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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