Indian Horse

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Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival

English Premiere


An adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s boarding schools or Indigenous Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of aboriginal people.

In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite winter pastime — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. He seems to see the game in a way no other player can.


Followed by a Q&A with LeAndra Nephew (Omaha) and Stephanie Pratt (Dakota Sioux)

BBFC rating
N/A
Year
2017
Running time
101 mins
Country
Canada
Director
Stephen S. Campanelli
Cast
Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck, Ajuawak Kapashesit

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June 20th

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