INDIAN HORSE

By Stephen CAMPANELLI

SCREEN SIREN PICTURES INC - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2017

A wise and moving story between horror and Hockey Night in Canada in which one of Canada’s finest Native authors stick handles like an all-star centre

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Toronto - TIFF 2017
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    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Stephen CAMPANELLI
    • Producer(s)
    • Trish DOLMAN (Screen Siren Pictures Inc.), Christine HAEBLER (Screen Siren Pictures Inc.), Paula DEVONSHIRE (Devonshire Productions Inc)
    • Synopsis
    • In late 1950s Ontario, seven year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools.
      In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage and he witnesses all kinds of
      abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastimes — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself how to not only play but develops a unique and rare skill. It’s as if he has eyes in the back of his head and can see the game in a way no other player can. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past will always haunt him. Forced to confront painful memories and revelations, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to gain the compassion he so sorely needs in order to begin healing. Indian Horse is a survivors’ tale that foregrounds the indomitable spirit of North America’s indigenous peoples in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism. Saul Indian Horse’s story can be a tool to help foster further compassion and understanding, and in the process, become universal.
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