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One of Canada’s foremost Aboriginal filmmakers, Neil Diamond hails from the Cree community of Waskaganish, on the coast of James Bay. His recent credits include The Last Explorer (2009), a featurelength docudrama for APTN retracing the steps of Diamond’s own great uncle, Aboriginal guide George Elson, on an ill-fated voyage into the heart of uncharted Labrador.
An integral part of the Rezolution Pictures International creative team, Neil has directed two awardwinning documentaries. One More River (2004), a behind-the-scenes look at the Quebec Cree’s decision to accept another hydro project on their land, was named Best Documentary at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québecois, while awards for Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec (2004) included Top Prize and Audience Pick at Norway’s Riddu Riddu Festival.
Neil also directed three seasons of DAB IYIYUU, the six-part series for APTN about Cree elders. His 2001 directorial debut, Cree Spoken Here, garnered the Telefilm/APTN award for Best Aboriginal Documentary.
In 1993, Diamond co-founded The Nation, the first news magazine to serve the Cree of northern Quebec and Ontario. His columns “Rez Notes” and “The Last Line” offer edgy, irreverent perspectives on the Cree issues of the day.
Neil is also an award-winning photographer whose work was used in the James Bay Cree's international campaign to stop the construction of more Hydro Quebec dams on their land.