Susan G. Enberg – In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Residential School
Susan G. Enberg is an independent film director, producer, editor and photographer who recently launched her own production company, Susan G. Enberg Productions. Susan has written two children’s books for the non-governmental organization, Free The Children, one as a ghostwriter for organization founder Craig Kielburger, and the other a social activism curriculum for Grade 6 students. She has also worked with Habitat for Humanity Toronto as the Family Relations Coordinator. Susan helped to place families in affordable housing, facilitated home ownership workshops and publicity events, and empowered families to construct Habitat housing. In addition to being a documentarian, Susan is a long-time photojournalist whose writings and photography are wholly focused on human rights issues. She has been awarded numerous scholarships for high academic achievement and for her social justice activities.
Currently Susan is directing, producing, and editing two documentary films with survivors of Canada’s notoriously violent St. Anne’s Residential School. The first, In Jesus’ Name, is a poignant exposé by survivors as they courageously tap into traumatic memories with great clarity, memories of the horrific abuses they suffered at the hands of the Catholic clergy while interned at St. Anne’s. The second, This is NOT Reconciliation, sheds further light on the abuses of the past at St. Anne’s in addition to litigious abuses that the survivors are enduring today as they seek long overdue compensation for harms done to them. What becomes clear is that through obstruction of justice, there is a conscious effort by the Canadian government to ensure erasure of ‘cultural genocide’ from Canada’s historical narrative.
Susan is also directing and producing a pedagogical documentary that focuses on reconciliation at primary schools through the incorporation of indigenous arts and cultural sharing by indigenous artist, Chief Lady Bird. The working title of this short film is, “The Art of Reconciliation.”