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Set in a distant dystopian future, Turtle Island (North America) is overrun
Set in a distant dystopian future, Turtle Island (North America) is overrun by a military presence and children are considered property of the State. Taken from their families, they are trained in boarding schools to fight for the regime. Niska, a member of the Cree Nation, raises her eleven-year-old daughter Waseese in the bush to evade the heavily militarized surveillance. When Waseese is discovered and interned after a serious injury, Niska joins an underground group of Indigenous warriors determined to rescue their abducted children as Waseese begins to step into her strength and power.
Director: Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Producers: Paul Barkin, Tara Woodbury, Ainsley Gardiner (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui/Ngāti Pikiao/Ngāti Awa), Georgina Conder, Chelsea Winstanley (Ngāti Ranginui)
Canada/New Zealand | 2021 | 101 min
English/Cree w English Subtitles | Dramatic Feature
7 PM EST In Person Event with Q&A at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto | GET YOUR TICKETS
Welcome + Q&A In Person and Streamed online for Community & Industry Pass holders
*Film available only in Canada *
Livestreamed event is available from Oct. 19, 2021 at 7pm to midnight. Film will no longer be available on-demand after.
Danis Goulet is an award-winning writer/director from La Ronge, Saskatchewan. Her work has screened at TIFF, Berlinale, Sundance, MoMA, and imagineNATIVE. She has been involved in the film milieu as a programmer at TIFF and Artistic Director at imagineNATIVE. Her debut feature, Night Riders, was developed with support from the Sundance Institute and is the first ever Indigenous co-production between Canada and New Zealand.
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