I cannot help but feel that we simply take for granted that Alanis Obomsawin continues to make movies with the NFB. The Master is 85 years old, and continues to make films at the rate of almost a film every year. In contrast to her previous film, the slow burn We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice, Our People Will be Healed is a shorter effort. The 2016 film was over two and a half hours in length, this one is a lean hour and a half.
The biggest difference between the two films (I liked them both), is that the last effort was far more troubling, and while there was a more pressing concern, the message of this film seems to be just that of the title. The focus is on Norway House Cree Nation, and the school setting is again the starting point, but as Obomsawin moves outwards, towards the community, and into nature, there is a more mellow approach. The problems exist, but there is a message of hopefulness.