The Festival closes with a powerful, gorgeously shot story of loss and hope. Indeed, the story is by now familiar to anyone who reads the headlines. It focuses on the disappearance of a young woman who vanishes one day from her small Mohawk community. Director/writer Sonia Bonspille Boileau transforms those headlines into a compelling drama about a search for truth. By humanizing the otherwise grim themes of missing Indigenous women, she brings us directly into the heart and soul of a community, and specifically into the troubled relationship of the survivors. Ivy is the 8-year-old who embarks on a journey with her impatient but defiant mother, Susan, to find her sister, and so it is that much of the film is seen from Ivy’s perspective. How does a child process such loss? What does the future hold for her and her community in light of such tragedy? This is such a strong, wonderful story, well told and well framed to imagine the love and possibility that can flow from tough times.
Director/Writer: Sonia Bonspille Boileau
Producer: Jason Brennan
Runtime: 98 mins
The 2018 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award winning short film by Latonia Hartery will open our Closing Night: