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Dance Me Outisde

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:00pm
The Roundhouse

Free screening as part of Culture Days at The Roundhouse: 1109 Front Street, Whitehorse.
Bring a sweater and a lawn chair. We’ll open up the big doors if it’s a nice evening.

This comedy-drama examines the tension between Indigenous and settlers in Canada from an Indigenous perspective. Based on a book by W.P. Kinsella, the film is set on the Kidabanesee reserve in Northern Ontario. Silas Crow is a young man confused about his direction in life; he wants to take an automobile mechanic’s course in college, but is uncertain whether he should apply. His general confusion with life is most readily evident in his appearance. He wears an old, ratty black hat resembling a fedora, as well as a long, black trenchcoat. Frank Fencepost is Crow’s best friend, and Sadie Maracle is his girlfriend.

Events are set in motion when a young girl from the reserve is murdered by a white man who gets off with a light sentence, prompting the community to demand vengeance…

Bruce McDonald (Highway 61, Roadkill, Weirdos) adapted Kinsella’s short story with Don McKellar and John Frizell and directed many young Indigenous actors in their first major film roles. Jennifer Podemski, Ryan Black, Adam Beach, Tamara Podemski and Michael Greyeyes turned in excellent performances and made this film their own - four years before Smoke Signals heralded the rise of Indigenous fiction filmmaking.

Winner of two Genie Awards.

“Funny, scary, appealing and bizarre.” - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

  • Directed by Bruce McDonald
  • 1994, Ontario
  • 84 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised
Dance Me Outisde

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