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ACTRA MAGAZINE

Eugene Brave Rock

as The Chief in

Wonder Woman

,

a Warner Bros.

Pictures release.

to depict the reality of life as an Indigenous

person today.

The power of seeing Indigenous stories

told by us is profound. A few years ago, I

attended the View Finders Film Festival

premier of

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

, an

experience that still excites me when I

recall it. Mi’kmawfilmmaker Jeff Barnaby

wrote a heartbreaking and uncompromis-

ing script about a fictitious Mi’kmaw com-

munity calledRedCrowset in the year 1976.

Barnaby managed to show both the

harsh reality of reserve life under the Indian

Act while at the same time revealing the

strength required of a people to survive

such conditions.

It was a powerhouse performance by

established actor Glen Gould but also a

vehicle to shine light on some amazing

young actors. Barnaby insisted that all

the actors involved [in the project] had to

have grown-up on a reserve so as to capture

as much authenticity in his movie as pos-

sible. Cast in the role of the main charac-

ter, Alia, is Mohawk actor Kawennáhere

Devery Jacobs. Her performance is both

tough and tender.

Devery won the Borsos Award for Best

Performance in a Canadian film at the

2016Whistler FilmFestival for

The Sun at

Midnight.

This ACTRA production was

the first full-length feature film to be shot

in the N.W.T. For her work in

Rhymes for

Young Ghouls

Devery was nominated for

a Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead-

ing Role at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Her TV series’ appearances include

Mohawk

Girls

,

Cold

and

This Life

.

No talk of what is new and interesting

in Indigenous country would be complete

without mentioning the APTN series,

Qanurli

. It is not yet an ACTRA production.

Photo: Clay Enos™ & ©DC Comics.