Quebec Mi'gmaq Jeff Barnaby’s stylish, head-spinning drama shared Best Canadian First Feature honours at VIFF and was selected for Canada’s Top Ten 2013. A fictional Mi’gmaq reserve in 1976 is the setting, and the real-life tragedy of Canada’s residential school system is the backdrop, for Barnaby’s potent, propulsive, genre-bending tale of 15-year-old drug-dealing queen Aila (Devery Jacobs), who decides to take on the sadistic Indian agent who torments her community. “Barnaby’s much-anticipated debut feature resembles an S.E. Hinton novel re-imagined as a surreal, righteously furious thriller” (Steve Gravestock, TIFF). “A ferocious and wildly entertaining feature debut ... steeped in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere of dread and instability ... Barnaby fuels a full-throttle action revenge fantasy with no time for quaint notions of feel-good empowerment” (UCLA).
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