INDIAN HORSE
Headliners

Indian Horse

Year 2017
Runtime 96 mins

WINNER OF THE AUDIENCE AWARD, NARRATIVE FEATURE

An Ojibway boy raised in a residential school grows up to be a hockey player but is haunted by his past.

Based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese, INDIAN HORSE tells the story of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway boy stolen from his parents to be raised in a residential school in the 1950s. Stripped of his culture, his language and his family, Saul (Forrest Goodluck, THE REVENANT) faces harsh abuse at the hands of the school staff, but his spirit is never broken. When he develops a love of hockey, Saul finds an escape from his brutal life, and his strong skills eventually lead to a way out of the school and onto a pro hockey league. But even with a successful career, the adult Saul (Ajuawak Kapashesit) battles alcoholism as his traumatic past returns to haunt him, leading him to connect with his heritage as a path towards healing.

Sensitively told, INDIAN HORSE is an honest look at a past we can't turn away from.

Countries

Canada
Attending Guests
Director Stephen Campanelli, Music Editor Jesse Zubot, Producers Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolman, and cast members Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck, Ajuawak Kapashesit and Edna Manitowabi at the September 24 screening
Festivals
Atlantic International Film Festival, Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival
Director
Stephen Campanelli
Screenwriter
Dennis Foon
Cast
Sladen Peltier, Forrest Goodluck, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Michiel Huisman, Martin Donovan