Free and public premiere showing of:
DATE: Wednesday, April 4th 2018
- Students showing at 1PM
- Community Showing at 5PM
Circle of Life School,
36274 County Highway 21
White Earth, Minnesota
Based On The Award-Winning Novel Indian Horse by RICHARD WAGAMESE
The film is an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. INDIAN HORSE stars newcomers Sladen Peltier, Ajuawak Kapashesit and Edna Manitowabi as well as Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT), Michael Murphy (AWAY FROM HER), Michael Lawrenchuk (TOKYO COWBOY), Johnny Issaluk (TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR) and Michiel Huisman (THE AGE OF ADELINE).
Indian Horse, a Canadian drama film will have it’s Minnesota premiere at the Circle of Life Academy on April 4, 2018. The premiere will feature one of the leading actors- Ajuawak Kapashesit who attended the Circle of Life School and was raised on the White Earth reservation.
The film, which premiered at the 2017 prestigious Toronto International Film Festival features the story of Saul Indian Horse, a young Anishinaabe boy who survives Indian residential school to become a star ice hockey player. The film stars Sladen Peltier as Saul at age 6, Forrest Goodluck as Saul at age 15, and Ajuawak Kapashesit as Saul at age 22. Filmed in northern Ontario, the story follows Saul’s life as he faces racism, stereotypes and alcoholism. With a respectable $8 million budget, the film features 52 Native actors, and is directed by Stephen Campanelli, lead camera man for Clint Eastwood, who recently filmed Golden Globe’s awarded Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Clint Eastwood is the Executive Producer of Indian Horse.
“I’m looking forward to showing the film on my reservation,” Kapashesit said in an interview from Ottawa. Kapashesit, and other cast members just completed a showing of the film at the Canadian Parliament. Based on the beloved 2012 novel by the late Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese, McLeans magazine calls it a “cinematic landmark, dramatizing Canada’s First Nations history and literature with unprecedented passion and fidelity. By turns inspiring and heartbreaking, the story forges a powerful drama out of two bedrock Canadian themes—the poetry of hockey and the oppression of Indigenous people. It romances Canada’s game while laying bare our national shame. And though the film was conceived in 2012, three years before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission thrust the historic crime of residential schools into the public eye, Indian Horse lands with auspicious timing.” Goodluck made his screen debut in 2015, as Leonardo Di Caprio’s son in The Revenant. “Indian Horse was a completely different project, but it wasn’t any less meaningful. It was made with such care and passion,” the 19-year-old actor says over the phone from his home in Albuquerque. “The Revenant was so much more than a film, and so was Indian Horse, in that it tackles real issues.”
”The film will be showing in film festivals and theaters in the US this spring and summer. The film is presented by the Circle of Life Academy. Public showing in White Earth at Circle of Life is at 5pm. Ajuawak Kapashesit will present film and answer questions.
Sponsored by Honor the Earth
FILM WEBSITE www.IndianHorse.ca
36274 County Highway 21
White Earth, MN 56569
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