Newly Released

A WISE AND MOVING STORY BETWEEN HORROR AND HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA IN WHICH ONE OF CANADA’S FINEST NATIVE AUTHORS STICKHANDLES LIKE AN ALL-STAR CENTRE

An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. Indian Horse stars Canadian newcomers Sladen Peltier, Ajuawak Kapashesit and Edna Manitouwabe as well as Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT), Michael Murphy (AWAY FROM HER), Michael Lawrenchuck (TOKYO COWBOY), Johnny Issaluk (TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR) and Michiel Husiman (THE AGE OF ADALINE).

In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime – hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. He seems to see the game in a way no other player can.

His talent leads him away from the misery of the school, eventually leading him to the Pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past are always present,and threaten to derail his promising career and future. Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing.

Writer: Dennis Foon (Life, Above All, Double Happiness)
Producer(s): Christine Haebler, Trish Dolman
Development Funding: Telefilm Canada, HGF, Cogeco

 

Richard Wagamese

“It has been a pleasure developing Indian Horse with Screen Siren Pictures who were extremely dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the story of Saul Indian Horse and the screenplay reflects that devotion. It’s a powerful, stark, touching and empathetic retelling of my novel.”

– Richard Wagamese, Author of Indian Horse, the novel.

Richard Wagamese, AWARDS

2015 Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Prize – In Celebration of A Writing Life
2013 Canada Council Molson Prize in the Arts
2012 National Aboriginal Achievement Award

“Changing the world one story at a time.”

www.richardwagameseauthor.com

“…Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art.”
– DONNA BAILEY NURSE, NATIONAL POST

“Wagamese pulls off a fine balancing act: exposing the horrors of the country’s residential schools while also celebrating Canada’s national game.”
– JAMES GRAINGER, GLOBE & MAIL

“Shocking and alien, valuable and true. “
– JANE SMILEY GLOBE & MAIL

“Wagemese’s writing qualifies as an act of courage.”
– DONNA BAILEY NURSE, NATIONAL POST

“…raw and authentic.”
– VANCOUVER WEEKLY