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Weaving together moments of his life today as an expert in Indigenous cosmology and his past as a troubled young child and teen, charismatic Cree Elder Wilfred Buck shares his embodied wisdom and profound reflections on colonial trauma in this expertly crafted adaptation of his autobiographical memoir, I Have Lived Four Lives. When his family is cruelly torn from their land during the Sixties Scoop, Buck is left to survive on his own, falling into?the darkness of addiction, until he discovers the cosmological teachings of his people and finds his way, guided by the celestial beings that become his compass and the focus of his life’s work.
Using archival footage, stylized re-enactments, poetic imagery and vérité, director Lisa Jackson brilliantly jumps between genres to craft a constellation of Buck’s key life moments and memories, charting his journey to a knowledge system that survived colonization by going underground, now revived by Buck’s endless curiosity and marvel of the Ininew night sky.

Distributor: NFB


  • Director(s)

    • Lisa Jackson
  • Producer(s)

    • Lisa Jackson
    • Lauren Grant
    • Alicia Smith
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Jennifer Baichwal
    • Nicholas de Pencier
    • David Christensen
  • Writer(s)

    • Lisa Jackson
  • Editor(s)

    • David Schmidt
    • Eui Yong Zong
    • Matthew Lyon
  • Cinematography

    • aAron Munson
    • Nicholas de Pencier
    • John Price
    • Justin Black

Promotional Partners

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April 26 screening sponsored by

Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television

Community Partner: Reelworld Film Festival+Summit

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