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Wilfred Buck Documentary Screening

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Date: June 19, 2024

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Indigenous cosmologist Wilfred Buck holding two Eagle Wings

The Screening Room, Kingston’s oldest independent theatre, will be screening a new film by Director Lisa Jackson, Wilfred Buck: I Have Lived Four Lives. The film will play for three nights, June 19th, 21st, and 26th, and the McDonald Institue is proud to sponsor the opening night event, where Director Lisa Jackson will be present for a live Q&A about the film.

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.

Tickets are $14 and are available on the Screening Room website.