After working on other movies, Obomsawin noticed viewers had mixed reactions to her work.
"Why is it that people love to hear about bad people? You tell me," she said. "Why is it that they are so happy to talk about those 'savages,' those people that don't know how to live and calling them all kinds of names?"
The People of the Kattawapiskak Riveris screening on Nov. 11 at the Grande Bibliotèque and again on Nov. 17 as part of the 13th annual Imagine Native Film and Media Arts Festival.