Jordan River Anderson: The Messenger Trailer
Toronto International Film Festival
"In 65 minutes, numerous issues involved in Indigenous community and government relations are deftly explained to give space to this important fight for basic human rights for Indigenous children." - NOW Toronto
The story of Jordan River Anderson, an Indigenous boy born with a rare muscle disorder who was forced to spend his five years of life in a hospital because provincial and federal governments refused to settle on an agreement for the financial support needed for him to live safely at home.
After his passing, his family and Indigenous activists fought to enact the “Jordan Principle" that would ensure that no Indigenous child would receive inadequate health care, and would be treated with the same standard of social, health and educational services as the rest of the Canadian population. Although the principle was passed, the fight to have requests and adequate funding provided continued for years after his death, and still does to this day.
Canada - 2019 - 1h 5m
Directed By: Alanis Obomsawin
Written By: Alanis Obomsawin