This movie was painful to watch, but ultimately a shared pain of life in the 1970s on a Mi'kmaq Indian reservation. "This is what brings our people together: the art of forgetfulness." But at the same time the art of creative expression, and indomitable personal dignity. Tough but very memorable film.
An absolutely fantastic and gripping look at the days of the notorious and reprehensible residential-school and the "Indian Agents" that profited in their reigns of terror. Filmed with a nod to the graphic-novel and zombie-films. This is a masterpiece of Canadian film. Fascinating actors throughout, the young lead - Kawennahere Devery Jacobs is absolutely stunning in this role. Brutal honesty- as required.
Why will this not be available to borrow?
A somewhat realistic , stylized movie... to understand the level of state control read the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Report or research Maisy Shaw or watch testimony of Ethel Favel on Utube.
Aila is rez smart, organized & must keep track of all the pies the Indian Agent's hand is in...to retrieve her money.
Her father endures..& how he shows he loves them all is to take the fall..similar to Peltier's.
& listening the John Trudell's discourse on the "Drunken Indian" will afford the library patron some understanding on the 4B's of colonialism : the booze , the bible , the blankets & the bullets.
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