A conversation with filmmaker Courtney Montour at the EIFF

By Dale Ladouceur Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Award winning filmmaker Courtney Montour has already had an enviable career as a documentarian, let alone as an Indigenous woman working in a white, male dominated industry. But her latest work, Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again, may be her most historically poignant film to date. The National Film Board of Canada agreed, adding Montour’s latest offering to their stable of content. The subject of the film, Mary Two-Axe Earley, began earning her reputation as a woman’s rights activist during the `70’s, after she lost her “legal Indian status’’ by marrying a non-status man. Through the next few decades, Earley tirelessly advocated for changes to the Indian Act, fighting against both the elements of gender discrimination and cultural stripping of rights to…

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