docnow 2017 / In Jesus’ Name

Artist Statement

In Jesus’s Name is an emotionally charged collaborative documentary film that breaks the long-held silence imposed upon children who attended the notoriously violent St. Anne’s Residential School. The audience will become witness to the poignant stories of the survivors who reveal the horrific abuses that were wielded against their fragile, childhood bodies. First Nations children from reserve communities suffered from isolation, beatings, rape, and all manner of other atrocities carried out by Catholic missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This film will compel audiences to ask, “How is it that this abuse happened to innocent children in Canada?”

Many thanks to Porter Airlines for their sponsorship of flights for one of the Survivors in the film!

Thanks so much to Ryerson University’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies for coming on board as a sponsor of:

1/ The traditional Indigenous ceremony that will launch the film portion of DocNow 2017. The date for this will be June 7th, starting at around 6:45pm at the Bloor HotDocs Cinema.

2/ Honorariums for traditional healers who will be present to support residential school survivors.

3/ The after-screening event for survivors and their kin in the form of coffees, teas, specialty coffees and frappes at the Second Cup. What wonderful generosity!!!

About The Artist

Susan Enberg is a first-time documentary filmmaker. She believes that in order to produce powerful documentaries, one must first build trusting and close relationships with all involved in the filmmaking process. Susan is an acutely socially engaged documentarian whose research excavates important historical truths so that they do not remain hidden. Her first film, In Jesus’s Name, is a collaborative project between herself, Edmund Metatawabin, and the Survivors of St. Anne’s Residential School.

Susan Enberg

Project Type

June 7, 2017

Doors at 6:30 pm
6:30pm–9:00 pm

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
506 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1Y3
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After Party
Second Cup Coffee
537 Bloor St. West (south side)
8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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During the evening of June 7th, all regular coffees $1. All specialized coffees or frappes $3. 

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