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.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program
in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers
and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned
reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and
fostering innovative critical approaches.