Director: Kim O'Bomsawin | Countries of production: Canada | Year: 2020 | Length: 77 min
Language: French, Innu with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF21

A celebration of Indigenous knowledge and a gentle, affectionate portrait of an extraordinary soul.

“There is no Innu word for ‘poetry’. I don’t think we needed one: we were poets simply by living in harmony with the water and the land.”

With kindness and gentle determination, septuagenarian storyteller, teacher and poet Joséphine Bacon has devoted her life to honouring the interconnected legacies of land, language and lore bestowed upon her by her ancestors.

Call me Human transports viewers from the snowy streets of Montréal to the land of Bacon’s elders, on a journey to preserve a language, a culture and an identity that colonisation attempted to wipe out. “Survivor of a tale / That nobody tells”, she invites us, quietly, to really listen.

Content notes: References to cultural genocide and institutional child abuse.



Our friends at Lighthouse (Edinburgh’s Radical Bookshop) put together specially-curated reading lists for a selection of films, inviting us to delve deeper into the issues explored in our line-up. Here you’ll find a list of books recommended by Anita relating to Call Me Human which delves deeper into the wonders of Indigenous language in response to the film.


Watch & Engage

Video: In Conversation with Joséphine Bacon (TOAFF21)

Poetry readings: Not Holding Our Tongues (TOAFF21)