Restless River

Film Premiere*

Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm

Livestream Q+A with director Marie-Hélène Cousineau starts at 8:45 pm


March 4 at 7:00 pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm

closed captioned

Director: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

Featuring: Malaya Qaunirq Chapman, Magalie Lépine Blondeau, Mark Antony Krupa

Language: Inuktitut, English, French subtitled in English

Runtime: 98 minutes

Rating: most audiences; sexual violence

*Films premiere at a set time and are followed by a livestream Q+A.  If you miss the premiere, you can still watch the movie (and a recording of the Q+A) anytime until the end of the festival!  Still a bit unclear? Check out our 2021 Glossary & FAQ for details.


The Arnait Video team behind such remarkable past festival selections as BEFORE TOMORROW (KCFF09), directors Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu match the high standards they set for themselves with this moving adaptation of a late work by Gabrielle Roy. RESTLESS RIVER tells the story of Elsa (Malaya Quanirq Chapman), a young Inuk woman in 1940s-era Kuujjuaq whose plans for her future are dashed when she is sexually assaulted by an American soldier. Yet for all the hardships Elsa faces as she raises a son who feels split between two different cultures, she becomes an emblem of courage and resilience in a changing world that can be both cruel and beautiful.


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