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Cheechoo (Cree) began directing films in 1998, after
working as an actor and playwright of notable plays such as
Path with No Moccasins (1991). Cheechoo teaches drama workshops
to Native youth across Ontario, and has founded a touring youth
drama company, the Debahjehmujig Theatre Group, which often performs
in the Ojibwe language. She has won first prize awards for her
works at numerous film festivals including Montreal's First Peoples
Festival, the Santa Fe Film Festival, and the American Indian
Film Festival of San Francisco. In 2002 Cheechoo was named Independent
Filmmaker of the Year at the Arizona International Film Festival.
"I am drawn to films that have a certain honesty to them.
Since my mom told me stories as a young child I always wanted
to be a storyteller. I am a writer, I write in order to direct.
I write the script on paper and then I write while I am directing
the film and then I write again as I sit and edit. You are writing
throughout the whole process. I think that with this form of filmmaking
the film finds itself and its audience. I want to make films that
tell a story about life itself."
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