Documentary on Buffy Sainte Marie wins International Emmy Award

A documentary about folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie, made before her indigenous ancestry was questioned, has won an International Emmy Award.

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Keep it updirected by Madison Thomas and narrated by Sainte-Marie, won in the artistic programming category.

The award is presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The producers describe the film as a retrospective of Sainte-Marie’s life and career, including interviews with famous friends and colleagues, never-before-seen archival material and cinematic reconstructions.

The singer-songwriter’s ancestry was disputed last month as part of a CBC investigation that presented multiple identity documents suggesting she was Italian-American.

Saint-Marie has denied these accusations.

Sainte-Marie’s story regarding her birth, childhood and identity has changed throughout her six-decade career, with her identifying as Algonquin and Mi’kmaq before saying she was Cree, adopted by a mother of Saskatchewan.

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The documentary, produced by Eagle Vision, White Pine Pictures and Paquin Entertainment, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is available to stream on Crave, while the CBC article is available on YouTube .

A joint statement from Eagle Vision and White Pine Pictures on the White Pine website supports Sainte-Marie.

“We support Buffy and believe it is true that her mother told her she was adopted and that she was of Canadian Native descent.”

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