We have another interesting, educational film night coming up at Paradiso on Friday, February 15th. This film is the 4th in a series of indigenous films. These nights involve more than a film, with invited guests presenting a short documentary, plus Q & A (or interview with director). This is a whole evening to cultural exploring, learning and with the ease of service to your seat (healthy juices and vegan/vegetarian food service), you can settle in and enjoy the whole night.
This month the feature film will be Indian Horse, a Canadian film (directed by Clint Eastwood ) which is an adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, and winner of The People’s Choice Award at the 4 film festivals: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto Film festivals.
Indian Horse is about a child, Saul, who retreats with his family into the woods. Among the lakes and the cedars, they attempt to reconnect with half-forgotten traditions and hide from the authorities who have been kidnapping Ojibway youth.
However, when winter approaches, Saul loses everything: his brother, his parents, his beloved grandmother—and then, eventually, his home. Admitted to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage.
Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and a new winter pastime – hockey, however, the ghosts of Saul’s past are always present, and threaten to derail his promising career and future.
This beautiful film shows how Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing.