Still from A Common Experience
Still from A Common Experience

A Common Experience

by Shane Belcourt
A poetic exploration of the multi-generational affects of Canada's Indian Residential School system, based on the personal trials of playwright Yvette Nolan.
2013  ·  11m  ·  Canada
About the Film
In 2008 the Government of Canada formally apologized for the treatment of Aboriginal people in the Indian Residential School system. In moving towards healing and reconciliation the government established the “Common Experience Payment”, a program that pays former students for their suffering. A COMMON EXPERIENCE is a poetic look at the devastation this sad ongoing chapter has on multiple generations. It is the story of one applicant, Helen Thundercloud, as told through the eyes of her daughter, Yvette Nolan.
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Festivals and Awards
Canadian Cinematography Awards, Nominated, Best Cinematography Award for Best Narrative Short
Cannes Film Festival, “Not Short on Talent” Telefilm Program, Premiere
Jordan O'Connor
Duane Murray and Shane Belcourt
Sound Editor
Jordan O'Connor
Daniel Grant
Production Company
The Breath Films
Shane Belcourt and Yvette Nolan
About the Director

Shane Belcourt

Shane Belcourt is an award-winning Métis filmmaker, writer and musician based in Toronto. Raised with a deep respect for the traditions and knowledge of Aboriginal people, the majority of Shane’s work explores and celebrates Aboriginal issues and culture. His debut feature film, entitled Tkaronto, has played many international film festivals, winning in 2008 the “Best Director” prize at both the Dreamspeakers and the 2008 Talking Stick film festivals. Shane was selected in January 2010 to be the Filmmaker in Residence by the Winnipeg Film Group. Shane’s recent works also include Heritage Minutes, Urban Native Girl – Season 1, Kaha:wi – The Cycle of Life, F*%K Yeah, Keeping Quiet, Red Car, Blue Hood and Boxed In.

Other films by Shane Belcourt