Hybrid Documentary Feature
Seamlessly moving between earth and stars, past and present, Wilfred Buck is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to one man’s life to tell a story that spans generations. Our guide is the charismatic and irreverent Wilfred Buck, a Cree elder and ceremonial leader who came to his calling through a harrowing history of displacement, racism, and addiction in 1960s Canada. Adapted from his memoir, and blending verité, archive and stylized re-enactments, the film charts colonization’s attempts to extinguish Indigenous ways of knowing – and what it means to reconnect with and regain ancient teachings that are as relevant today as ever.
A Door Number 3 Productions film in coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada. In association with Clique Pictures. Produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates. Produced in association with Crave. Produced with the participation of Rogers Documentary Fund and the Indigenous Screen Office. Produced in association with JustFilms / Ford Foundation and APTN. Produced with support from Sandbox Films and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
World Premiere – CPH:DOX in the DOX:AWARD International Main Competition
Winner of 2021 Hot Docs Forum Best Canadian Pitch Prize
Writer / Director
Alicia Smith (NFB)
Nicholas de Pencier
Nick de Pencier CSC
Eui Yong Zong