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Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child

Alanis Obomsawin / Canada / 1986 / 29 ' / English


Rita Roy
Alanis Obomsawin
Raymond Marcoux
Bernard Bordeleau
Jackie Newell
Dario Domingues
Alanis Obomsawin, Marrin Canell & Robert Verrall
Executive Producer: Andy Thomson
Camera: Roger Rochat
Voice: David Mitchell
Re-Recording: Hans Peter Strobl
Cast: Pauline Kerik, Leslie Miller, Betty Smith, Cory Swan

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Awards & Festivals

Special Award - Category: Educational Visual Anthropology to Children and Youth, Visual Anthropology Festival, September 15 to 22 1991, Parnu - Estonia
Crystal Apple Award - Category: Human Relations / Teen Suicide. National Educational Media Network Competition, May 17 to 21 1989, Oakland - USA
Red Ribbon Award - Category: Current Concerns , Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival, May 23 to 28 1988, New York - USA
Prize for Best Documentary, Annual American Indian Film Festival, November 13 to 15 1986, San Francisco – USA

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This documentary is a moving tribute to Richard Cardinal, a Métis adolescent who committed suicide in 1984.


Taken from his home at the age of 4, Richard Cardinal spent the rest of his 17 short years moving in and out of 28 foster homes, group homes and shelters in Alberta. A sensitive, articulate young man, he left behind a diary upon which this film is based.


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