Documentary director Alanis Obomsawin is the 13th recipient of the Glenn-Gould Prize.
A member of the Abenaki Nation, Ms. Obomsawin is also known as a singer-songwriter, visual artist and activist.
In particular, she has piloted 50 documentaries for the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), where she has worked since 1967. She has also learned that she received this distinction on a set that she directs.
Active for 53 years to highlight the issues of the First Nations, Ms. Obomsawin, 88, was selected from a list of international candidates whose talents are exercised in several creative disciplines.
She will receive a cash prize of $ 100,000 and receive the Glenn-Gould Prize statue, a creation by Canadian artist Ruth Abernethy.
“What wonderful news for me to learn that I have been granted such an honor, especially when I am at home in Odanak,” Ms. Obomsawin said Thursday, in a press release, speaking of this Abenaki community located along the river. Saint-François, in Center-du-Québec.
“I was very surprised and it’s all the more special considering that the members of the jury come from all over the world,” she continued. I look forward to meeting each of them when we are able to do so. ”
“The story of Alanis Obomsawin is a moving chronicle of transcendence, which gives voice to the stories, hopes and dreams of his people and all Indigenous peoples,” said Brian Levine, Executive Director of the Glenn Gould Foundation .
“Thanks to the honesty of her films and the passion that permeates her music, she enlightens each of us with a message of hope, a call for justice and a helping hand of universal understanding and compassion,” Mr. Levine added.
It should be remembered that the Glenn-Gould Prize is awarded every two years to a living person in order to recognize a contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts.