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Directed by Jeff Barnaby

Canada 2013 88 mins.

Quebec director Jeff Barnaby’s (Mi’kmaq) visionary feature debut uses the tragic legacy of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools as a leaping off point for a full-throttle revenge fantasy. Alia, a young woman haunted by her mother’s suicide slings pot on the Mi’kmaq reservation to bribe a sociopathic Indian agent to keep her out of the reservation school. But when a deal goes south, Alia is forced to fight for her freedom. A ferocious and wildly entertaining feature debut..steeped in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere of dread and instability…with no time for quaint notions of feel-good empowerment.—UCLA Film & Television Archive.



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