Places Not Our Own (1986)

  |  Drama, Family

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By 1929, Canada's west, which had been home to generations of Métis, was taken over by the railroads and new settlers. The Métis became a forgotten people, relegated to eking out a living ... See full summary »


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17 March 2004 | BigLaxFan94
| A very good depiction of how Metis families lived in those days
I liked this film because it gave a truly realistic view of how Metis families lived back during the Great Depression. No, this film isn't supposed to impress the audience with any kind of action or excitement since its a right-down-to-earth and conservative type of film. That's what makes it so unique. But what really got to me was when no one in society ever gave the Metis family a chance to live with them!! Everyone in the town kept giving the family a hard time and always ended up short changed!! For example, they had been forced to eat gophers NOT because they wanted to but because the townsfolk refused them access to the proper nutrition they needed just like anyone else. The family was also refused access to public places such as supermarkets, stores, schools etc JUST BECAUSE they were Metis and everyone had thought they were "squatting" on their land. The fact was that the whole land belonged to the Metis as well as the other First Nations so therefore they weren't "squatting" on it like the others wrongly believed. However life was so hard for them that they were lucky that they even found a decent place to live in. Imagine if they were treated with the same respect like everyone else in town?? Their lives would have been a lot more meaningful and fulfilling.

But........... anyways........ this is why I gave this one a 4 out of 10.

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Drama | Family


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French, English

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Napinka, Manitoba, Canada

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