I Pity the Country. Door Number 3 Productions Inc.


I Pity the Country is an urgent and joyful remix sparked by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s release of her 2021 album Theory of Ice, which features a powerful rendition of Willie Dunn’s classic song. Mi’kmaq/Scottish filmmaker and singer-songwriter Dunn was part of the National Film Board’s groundbreaking Indian Film Crew. His 1968 debut film The Ballad of Crowfoot was the institution’s first Indigenous-directed film and is considered to be Canada’s first music video. McNally and Jackson pay homage to Dunn’s technique of using archival images, updating it by juxtaposing archival footage with contemporary footage from celebrated Indigenous filmmakers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Helen Haig-Brown, Caroline Monnet, and Caleb Ellison-Dysart.


Co-Directed by
Lisa Jackson
Conor McNally

Edited by
Conor McNally

Produced by
Lisa Jackson
Jon Montes

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.