In her provocative, pulse-quickening first feature, Danis Goulet devises a speculative future spawned from Canada’s colonial legacy. In a war-ravaged North America circa 2043, Indigenous people live knowing that it’s practically a foregone conclusion that their children will one day fall into the custody of their military occupiers. These abductions come with promises that state institutions will provide education, medical care, and generally "better lives." Niska (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) isn’t buying it. Consequently, when her daughter Waseese (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart) is taken from her, she joins a group of Cree vigilantes intent on springing their children from a fortified compound.
Rich in allegorical power and finely calibrated character dynamics, Night Raiders both reinvents and subverts genre conventions in an array of inspired ways. Embracing the liberties offered by speculative storytelling, Goulet delivers a riveting, relevant action thriller founded on themes of resilience and love. Ultimately, it’s a testament to courage and a reminder that, in the face of callousness, sometimes survival hinges on more than just a killer instinct.
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer, Violet Nelson
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Danis Goulet is a writer and director whose films have screened at festivals around the world including Sundance, Berlin, MoMA, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Her short film Barefoot (2012) was recognized with a special jury mention at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. She is a former programmer for TIFF and a former director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is an alumna of the National Screen Institute and the TIFF Filmmakers lab and a current member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Danis is Cree/Métis, originally from northern Saskatchewan.