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The Road Forward

Director Marie Clements (Métis/Dene)
Year 2017
Run Time 101min
Genre Documentary
A musical doc unlike anything you’ve seen before, The Road Forward pushes the boundaries of what we expect of documentaries and offers a unique, defiant blend of genres that will leave you smiling and feeling inspired.
The film tells the tale of six generations of Indigenous activism, weaving in musical sequences that seamlessly connect past and present with blues, rock and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to those who tirelessly fight for the rights of First Nations people and a visceral and inspiring call to action!
The Road Forward represents the bold and optimistic position where [Indigenous documentary] now stands.”  Kate Taylor, The Globe and Mail


Marie Clements (Métis/Dene)

Clements works within a variety of mediums including film, television, radio, and live performance. Her work has screened at Cannes, TIFF, MOMA, VIFF, American Indian Film Festival and imagineNATIVE, and has garnered numerous awards. Her films include the musical documentary The Road Forward and Red Snow, her dramatic debut. She is currently directing the TV show Bones of Crows.


Marie Clements (Métis/Dene)


Chief Leonard George (Tsleil- Waututh), Ron Harris (Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux), Wayne Lavallee (Métis), Evan Leslie Adams (Tla’amin)


Shirley Vercruysse




BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language


Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)