Here’s a real landmark moment: Cree director Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders is coming to theatres across Canada this weekend and beyond. Trailer, theatres & showtimes on their website: https://nightraidersmovie.com
In synopsis: “In a post-war future, a mother joins an underground band of vigilantes to try and rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.” It’s extra cool that Danis features her Cree-speaking parents, Keith and Linda Goulet in the film.
Read more about the film from the Toronto International Film Festival: https://tiff.net/events/night-raiders
Thanks to Albert Brule for assembling this additional press coverage:
“The dystopian slant of Night Raiders is extremely good, packing more psychological horror into 97 minutes than The Hunger Games did in four movies, and it’s largely because Goulet doesn’t flinch from the mental and emotional toll taken on not only the children being indoctrinated, but the parents left behind.”
“Night Raiders stars rising actor/director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open) as Niska, a Cree woman who has been living in the bush with her daughter (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart), hiding from an oppressive regime that seeks to remove children from their families, and educate them in state schools. And yes, any resemblance to the Residential School system is completely intentional.”
“Goulet is not fluent is Cree, but she gave her dad a small role in Night Raiders as an elder who is teaching children the language. And she regularly visits a Cree-language immersion camp with other members of her family, most recently in July. She smiles at the memory of it. “It’s joyful, it’s healing, and it goes to somewhere really deep.”