Film screening: Through Black Spruce

Indigenous perspectives film series

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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A woman with long dark hair and a red dress is pictured from the waist-up, looking downward towards something off screen. Another woman's face can be seen on the other side of the frame, looking in the same direction. Partially obscured.

Photo: Courtesy of Serendipity Point Films

Event details

Based on the Giller Award‐winning novel of the same name by Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce is a story of identity and survival.

$5 or purchase tickets to all four Indigenous perspectives film series screenings at once and save 25%.
CMHR, Manitoba Teachers Society Classrooms on Level 1

The disappearance of a young Indigenous woman named Suzanne Bird triggers events in two worlds: in Moosonee, the remote Northern Ontario community she fled years ago, and Toronto, where she modelled for a while before vanishing into the ether. Her sister Annie is a hunter, a fiercely independent woman who’s always resented her weaker twin. But their mother’s despair sends her south to retrace Suzanne’s steps. Her life in Moosonee soon recedes as she’s drawn into the glittering “artists and models” scene her sister left behind. Meanwhile, her uncle Will copes with the dangerous consequences of Suzanne’s disappearance… and comes up against the ghosts of his own private tragedy. The two worlds finally collide in the fallout from the missing woman's troubled life.

Through Black Spruce is a contemporary drama in English and Moose Cree from Serendipity Point Films, Kistikan Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures. Directed by Don McKellar (The Grand Seduction, Last Night) from a screenplay by Barbara Samuels (North of 60). The film stars Tanaya Beatty (Hostiles, Hochelaga) as Annie, Brandon Oakes (Blackstone, the upcoming Blood Quantum) as Will, Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga) as Jesse, Graham Greene (Dances With Wolves) as Leo, Tantoo Cardinal (Wind River) as Mary Lou, Wesley French (Shadow Hunters) as Marius, Roseanne Supernault (Blackstone) as Eva and Tina Keeper (North of 60, the upcoming Falls Around Her) as Lisette.

A Q&A with Tina Keeper will follow the screening of the film.

Video: Official Through Black Spruce Trailer

Get your ticket online, by phone at 204–289‑2000 or by visiting the Museum’s ticketing desk.

Please note that this program is subject to change or cancellation without notice.