A feature documentary, Sacred Journey, explores the powerful influence of Aboriginal culture and spirituality on the paintings and writings of Melinda Camber Porter and her collaboration with Mi’kmak rock musician and spiritual elder J. Hubert Francis. The two artists exchange ideas about their individual spirituality and art.
Through the inspiring collaboration between these two artists, the rich cultural heritage of the Wabanaki People is celebrated. A focal point of the documentary is the exciting resurgence of respect for the vital ancestral values of the Mi’kmak People.
Melinda's ongoing creative collaboration with J. Hubert Francis is revealed to be a fount of support, wisdom, and spiritual illumination. J. Hubert Francis, in turn, expresses his gratitude toward his Aboriginal tradition and the strengths of the teachings of his Mi’kmak ancestors. These two individuals, who are worlds apart, trade stories of the trials and tribulations encountered throughout their careers and show us what beauty can be achieved when racial and social barriers are stripped down and a mutual sharing of self occurs through their respective art forms.
Bear Paw Production, 2002. 23 minutes.
Sacred Journey, co-directed by Brian J. Francis and Pierre Desjardins, is one of a 13-part documentary series entitled Eastern Tide, which is produced by Bear Paw Productions and Grana Productions Inc. in association with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), VISION TV, Film NB, the Canadian Television Fund, Telefilm Canada and the Federal Tax Credits.