Gladys Cook documentary wins U.S. award

A documentary by Anglican Video, Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story, has won a Redemptive Storyteller award at the Redemptive Film Festival, Virginia Beach, Va. The video follows the life of a 74-year-old Aboriginal woman, Gladys Cook, a survivor of the residential schools system. A public screening will be held tonight, Nov. 2, at the Regent University School of Communication and the Arts.

Gladys Cook, in a scene from Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story
Gladys Cook, in a scene from Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Story

“We greatly appreciate the program being honoured,” said Lisa Barry, senior producer at Anglican Video, “but the true honour is the film’s continued use in university social work programs, in police training, and in healing groups all over the country. It’s a testament to Gladys’s continued outreach of healing.” Ms Barry said she hopes that this exposure will increase the video’s usefulness as a tool of reconciliation, perhaps even in U.S. contexts.

The Gladys Cook documentary has already been shown widely across Canada, including on Vision TV. Anglican Video receives almost weekly requests for the documentary to be used in Aboriginal healing programs across Canada.

For more information on Topahdewin: The Gladys Cook Storycontact Lisa Barry.

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