Award-winning film ‘Indian Horse’ to screen in Broken Arrow
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The best-selling novel turned into an award-winning feature film with executive producer Clint Eastwood, “Indian Horse, makes its theater debut at the Warren Theatre in Broken Arrow on March 1.
Recounting the remarkable journey of Saul Indian Horse, an Ojibway child torn from his family and placed in one of the most notorious Canadian Catholic residential schools, “Indian Horse” brings to light destructive government policies in North America when Indigenous children were rounded up on reserves and reservations and placed in boarding schools to “save the man but kill the Indian.”
The film, based on Ojibway author Richard Wagamese’s best-selling novel under the same name, was created under the advisement of two Ojibway elders who are residential school survivors and in collaboration with two Anishnawbek Nations in Canada.
Winner of 19 film awards, including awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress at the Red Nation International Film Festival and the Kumeyaay Award for Indigenous heritage at the San Diego International Film Festival, “Indian Horse” sold out theaters nationwide in Canada and aided in propelling the movement of healing and reconciliation, including the social campaign, “#Next150,” following the aftermath of 150 years of residential schools.
In June 2008, the first national apology was made to First Nations families and students of residential schools, which was followed by current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement in 2017: “While this long overdue apology will not undo the harm done, we offer it as a sign that we as a government and as a country accept responsibility for our failings. It is our shared hope that we can learn from this past and continue to advance our journey of reconciliation and healing. We have the power to be better and to do better.”
Featuring Forrest Goodluck, Navajo/Hidatsa, Mandan and Tsimshian, as teen Saul in “Indian Horse,” Forrest’s character takes his love of hockey as a boy and develops it to eventually lead him to the pros. Ajuawak Kapashesit, Cree from Ontario and Ojibway from Minnesota, plays the lead role of adult Saul. First-time actor Sladen Peltier, who plays young Saul, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Canadian Screen Awards for his role in the film.
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