Canada only; until March 13 at 11:59 pm.
Director: Danis Goulet
Featuring: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer
Language: English, Cree subtitled in English
Runtime: 97 minutes
Rating: suitable for most audiences; content advisory: child abuse, emotional trauma, racism, violence, coarse language
The debut feature by the Toronto-based Cree/Métis filmmaker Danis Goulet, this dystopian drama is part of an incredible wave of films by Indigenous directors who use the tactics and tropes of genre cinema to tackle the legacy of colonization and many more painful subjects of the past and present. In the case of Goulet’s stunning vision, the traumas inflicted by the residential school system became the real-world inspiration for a story set in a future where the children in a country devastated by war are forced into brutal re-education camps. The actor and filmmaker whose documentary KÍMMAPIIYIPITSSINI: THE MEANING OF EMPATHY is also at KCFF this year, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers stars as Niska, a woman who makes a desperate effort to reclaim her stolen daughter with the help of a community of resistance fighters. A Canada’s Top Ten selection (TIFF), Goulet’s film has not only been one of the most acclaimed Canadian films since its premiere at Berlin last year – it may be the boldest, too.