Blood River

Kent Monkman

2000, 23:00 minutes, colour, English


Rose (Jennifer Podemski), a hip Native Law student, can barely tolerate her well-meaning but clueless adoptive mother (Tantoo Cardinal). Feeling at odds with her idyllic white suburban existence, she searches for her natural family. Through Rose's vivd hallucinatory nightmares, we see a Native youth trying to survive on the streets of a big city. As he is pimped, bullied and bashed, Rose experiences his terror and isolation. When she finally meets her brother (Brandon Oakes), they have a hard time bridging the gap between his harsh reality and her sugar-coated existence. Perhaps she has been too quick to write off what she does have.

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Critical Writing

Nervy First Nations Festival
by Cameron Bailey. NOW, Sept. 7 Fall, 2000, v. 20, no. 1.