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This screening took place on
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 12:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Actor Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao in attendance.

Adapted from Naomi Fontaine's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Kuessipan follows two girls growing up as best friends in a Quebec Innu community. While Mikuan (Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao) has a loving family and is destined for a promising life outside of her hometown, Shaniss (Yamie Grégoire) is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other they'd stick together no matter what. But as they grow older, issues of race and class boil to the surface and Shaniss begins to feel abandoned when Mikuan falls for a white boy and starts to dream of a life beyond the one they know.

With compelling depth and sensitivity, filmmaker Myriam Verreault's first narrative feature is an integral Indigenous story. But it is also a universal narrative about family hardships, community, belonging, and the strength of female friendship.

Drawing on her previous success as a documentary filmmaker and utilizing various non-actors in her cast, Verreault crafts a film that is a natural and seamless transition from her earlier work. She brings Fontaine's words to life with a delicate level of understanding and compassion. As an exploration of the inevitability of change, Kuessipan is a heartfelt story that acknowledges the heartaches — and celebrates the triumphs — of lifelong friendships.

- Toronto International Film Festival

In French and Innu with English subtitles. Recommended 13+ Some language and mature content.

Deux amies d'enfance de la communauté innue d'Uashat, proche de Sept-Iles, réalisent qu'elles se dirigent chacune vers des futurs très différents. Une adaptation douce amère de la nouvelle de Naomi Fontaine, à propos de ces liens qui existent entre les individus, les lieux et les possibilités de la vie.
En Français et en Innu avec sous titres Anglais. Recommandé 13+, langage et contenu adulte

Co-presented with La Tournée Quebec Cinema

  • Directed by Myriam Verreault
  • 2019, Quebec
  • 117 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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