A Windigo Tale
2010, 92:00 minutes, Colour, English, also available Closed Captioned
A Windigo Tale is Ojibway poet Armand Garnet Ruffo’s directorial debut. The film ignites the screen with determination and heart and tells a powerful story of intergenerational trauma and healing.
Shot in HD, Ruffo’s feature-length film moves between the breathtaking beauty of a road trip in autumn and the stark winter landscape of a First Nations community. Harold, a Native grandfather (Gary Farmer), desperate to save his troubled grandson Curtis (Elliot Simon) from a life on the street, shares the dark secrets of their family and community. In an isolated village, an estranged mother, Doris (Jani Lauzon), and daughter, Lily (Andrea Menard), must reunite to exorcise the voracious Windigo spirit tied to a painful past. Inspired by Ojibway spirituality and based on the history of the residential school system, where generations of Native children were forcibly removed from their families and aggressively assimilated into Euro-Canadian society, A Windigo Tale is both a chilling and redeeming drama.
Best Film, 35th American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco; Best Feature, The Dreamspeakers International Film Festival, Edmonton; Peoples' Choice Award, Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay.
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