Is it possible to send this book to Prince Rupert public library when available please
Directed by Stephen Campanelli in 2017 based on Ojibway Richard Wagamese's novel of the same name, this Canadian drama depicts the life of a young Canadian First Nations boy who survives the Indian residential school system to become a star ice hockey player.
The film delves into the inhumane and brutal conditions of Canada's Indigenous Residential Schools.
Disgusting and heart-wrenching! Yet eye-opening and thought-provoking!
Well directed film which closely follows the 2012 book, Indian Horse, by Ojibway Canadian writer, Richard Wagamese (October 14, 1955 – March 10, 2017).
Well acted, following the life of a young boy to a man and the people involved in his life.
Special Feature on this DVD has an 18 minute audio interview of Richard Wagamese talking about the book and his experience with the film. He was happy with how it was going, but died before it was finished. A funny reflection of Richard Wagamese is his mention that he and some other natives had formed a music group, calling themselves, So Your Brown. He said that they had practised their craft on Sawyer Brown songs.
It also talks to some of the cast (Sladen Peltier, Forest Goodluck; and Ajuawak Kapashesit etc.,) and director (Stephen S. Campanelli: camera operator for many films including: The Mule: 2018; Sully: 2016; Gran Torino: 2008 etc). Unfortunately, it does not show a picture of Richard Wagamese while he is talking, nor any script of his life and death.
This gives film credits to Vancouver, Kamloops, and Quebec.
The film starts and ends with on screen script for a history lesson of Residential School and the amount of children, parents and generations it killed and wounded.
Indian residential schools operated in Canada between the 1870s and the 1990s. The last Indian residential school closed in 1996.
On Wednesday June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, made a Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, on behalf of the Government of Canada.
A hard watch, but worthy one if you are up to the challenge of seeing something brutally honest, unforgiving and an indictment against Canada's past and any right-wing political party who runs rough-shod over the Native community. Shot very beautifully, the acting was great, and all technical aspects of the movie are in order. This is not just a sad story, it did have a David vs Goliath type of moments in the story-line that at least brought a sense of hope and something to cling into from a background of despair. It just goes into darkness after that and you see why the main character is tormented near the end with a disturbing plot twist. I doubt this movie would be shown in Catholic high schools since it makes them look very bad.
This movie should be a compulsory watch in Canadian high schools.
Let this movie be a warning to those who think their culture, beliefs and religion are above all others and therefore should be forcibly imposed on others.
I liked the movie but thought the book was better.
how do you recover from being stripped of your heritage?
Beautifully filmed and heartbreaking! Must watch!
A very good film. Too bad it is true.
A great movie providing a better understanding about the residential schools (last one closed in 1996) and cruelty of removing kids from their parents. A sad but a true story.
This movie is definitely a hidden gem. You will be left breathless by this movie. This is not a movie you should pass by. Unfortunately, it depicts our history in a very poor light. It is a must see to understand the horror these people lived through when it would be expected that kindness would come their way. The fact that it is a true story is saddening.
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