“The Road Forward is a musical documentary like no other. It bends and pushes the boundaries of what we expect of Indigenous cinema, the music video genre and Western documentary traditions.”
– Aisha Jamal, Hot Docs

Written and directed by Marie Clements, The Road Forward is a musical documentary that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history — the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s — with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

The Road Forward is making it’s international debut at Hot Docs 2017, and is the opening night gala film for Vancouver’s 2017 DOXA Festival.

“With bold blues and rock musical breakdowns led by a cast of Indigenous musicians and performers, the film charts a path of resurgence, honouring the work of ancestors, and passing on the burden of struggle, creating a way towards genuine self-determined reconciliation. We are extremely proud to open the 2017 DOXA Festival with this powerful celebration of song and spirit.”
– Dorothy Woodend, DOXA Festival

It was a profound honour to work on this ambitious film – to be changed by Marie Clements’ singular vision, and the wisdom, soul and strength of the film’s performers and subjects. I hope this film is experienced far and wide, lighting a fire for change in many hearts.

Hot Docs 2017

DOXA 2017

Writter, Director: Marie Clements
Director of Photography: Mike Mckinlay
Composers: Wayne Lavallee, Jennifer Kriesberg
Sound Design: Troy Slocum
Shirley Vercruysse, National Film Board of Canada