Wilfred Buck

Indigenous History Month
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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Accessibility:Open Captions
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Lisa Jackson


Fresh off its success at the 2024 Hot Docs Festival, don't miss your chance to catch the captivating Wilfred Buck on the big screen. Using archival footage, stylized re-enactments, poetic imagery and vérité, director Lisa Jackson brilliantly jumps between genres in this Festival hit. 

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.

Crafting a constellation of Buck’s key life moments and memories, Jackson charts 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.

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