Not many movies look at the experience of First Nations people, and even fewer that look at the experience of LGBT people in those communities. Adam Garnet Jones takes on these subjects, using a mix of new and veteran performers, including quite a few young people who had never previously acted professionally, but grew up in the same Ontario area Jones comes from, with the film shot on a real reservation.
The movie follows Anishnaabe youth Shane (Andrew Martin), who’s nearing the end of high school and hoping to escape the dead-end community he grew up in and head to university in the big city. However, his sister recently committed suicide, leaving him with an almost catatonic mother who he needs to support. While he has a girlfriend, he’s also been seeing David, the closeted grandson of a tribal elder, with both of them knowing that ‘two-spirited’ people aren’t always accepted. [Read more…]