Indigenous film is unquestionably having a moment, with more Indigenous filmmakers telling their stories than ever before. In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month in Canada. To celebrate, we sat down with Directors Danis Goulet and Nyla Innuksuk.
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD), formerly National Aboriginal Day. This is a day of cultural significance for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It is observed on the 21 of June to recognize the summer solstice, the day of maximum daylight, and its importance to Indigenous Peoples. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Night Raiders, a story of Canada’s ugly postcolonial history told through a dystopian lens and directed by DGC Ontario Director Danis Goulet, will be screening at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10th. Ahead of the TIFF premiere of Night Raiders, we spoke to DGC Ontario Picture Editor Jorge Weisz about his work on the film, editing speculative science fiction, the film’s allegories to the residential school system, and more.
Night Raiders, one of the buzzy-est films playing the festival, is a near-future Indigenous resistance story and is executive produced by Taika Waititi. We spoke with DGC Ontario Director Danis Goulet about the film's real-life and sci-fi influences and the robust global Indigenous film community.