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The Road Forward

Marie Clements


About the Film

The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, 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’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

Film Information

Year: 2017
Length: 101 minutes
Language: English

Cast & Credits

Director: Marie Clements


Locations & Showtimes


Sunday November 20|   7:15PM
River Park Auditorium

Free Admission



Join the post-show conversation with local and international artists and experts.



Paul Spong is co-director of OrcaLab, a land based whale research station on Hanson Island in British Columbia ( and president of the non-profit Pacific Orca Society. He acquired a Ph.D. in physiological psychology from U.C.L.A. in 1966. Paul began studying dolphins and orcas in 1967, initially in captivity, then in the wild. His insights soon led to his involvement with Greenpeace in the save-the-whales movement during the 1970s, which culminated in the moratorium on commercial whaling agreed to by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1982. For years his work has focused on the long-term life history of the 'northern resident community' of British Columbia orcas, the protection of orca habitat, and cetacean welfare issues such as commercial whaling and captivity.