The Spirit of Annie Mae

The Spirit of Annie Mae

In 1975, Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, a 30-year-old Nova Scotia born-Mi'kmaq, was shot dead, execution style, on a desolate road in South Dakota. Nearly three decades later the crime remains a mystery. Aquash was highly placed in the American Indian Movement (AIM), a radical First Nations organization that took up arms in the 1970s to fight for the rights of their people. The Spirit of Annie Mae is the story of Aquash's remarkable life and her brutal murder. It is a moving tribute from the women who were closest to her: the two daughters who fled with their mother when she hid from the FBI; the young women she inspired to embrace Native culture; and the other activists, including Buffy Sainte-Marie and investigative journalist Minnie Two Shoes, who stood in solidarity with her. All are still trying to understand why she met such a violent death. Follow them on their journey as they celebrate the life of a woman who inspired a generation of Indigenous people.

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  • director
    Catherine Anne Martin
  • producer
    Kent Martin
  • cinematography
    Kent Nason
  • editor
    Angela Baker
  • sound
    Arthur Mackay
  • narrator
    Catherine Anne Martin
  • music
    Lee Cremo
    Joel Denny
    Morning Star
    Sandy Morris
  • reading
    Deborah Pictou Maloney
  • research
    Catherine Anne Martin
    Ernest Dick
    April Maloney
    Kent Martin
    Elizabeth Klinck
    Karen A. Wyatt
    Frank Clifford
    Patricia Coughran
  • consultant
    Barry Cowling
  • sound editor
    Alex Salter
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner