“Director Chris Eyre’s monumental first feature — the first commercially-released American feature written, directed, and co-produced by Native Americans — presents two young Native men, stoic Victor (Adam Beach) and nerdy Thomas (Evan Adams), who journey from their Coeur-d’Alene, Idaho, reservation to Arizona to retrieve the ashes of Victor’s long-lost father. The road trip deepens the pair’s tenuous friendship, as they explore their Native identity and confront past traumas with courage and humour. Nimbly shifting between deeply emotional passages and sunny comedy, Eyre’s sure-handed storytelling offers an extraordinary catharsis” (UCLA). The screenplay is by novelist Sherman Alexie. Notable Canadians in the cast include, along with Beach and Adams, Gary Farmer and Tantoo Cardinal. “Original, audacious, entertaining, and an all-round impressive debut” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out).
VIOLENCE; COARSE LANGUAGE
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Canada 2009. Dir: Marie Burke (Cree/Dene). 4 min. DCP
The fire of spiritual wellness and self-knowledge is powerfully shared among individuals and generations in this striking short film. (UCLA)