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A Common Experience

Shane Belcourt / Canada / 2013 / 11 ' / English


Jordan O'Connor
Shane Belcourt & Yvette Nolan
Daniel Grant
Jordan O'Connor
Duane Murray & Shane Belcourt
The Breath Films
Cast: Yvette Nolan, Lila Greyeyes

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Nominated, Best Cinematography Award for best narrative short, Canadian Cinematography Awards
Premiere, Cannes Film Festival, “Not Short on Talent” Telefilm Program

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A poetic exploration of the multi-generational affects of Canada's Indian Residential School system, based on the personal trials of playwright Yvette Nolan.


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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