2019 Drama Montagnais, French, English with English subtitles
Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other to stick together no matter what. But as they’re about to turn 17, their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy, and starts dreaming of leaving the reserve that’s now too small for her dreams.
NOW Toronto called Kuessipan: “quietly moving…a beautiful, un-sensationalized look at young womanhood, friendship and community.”
The Globe & Mail rated the film 4/4 star, stating, “Kuessipan is quiet and mesmerizing and tragic and full of hope. It is a triumph, and a privilege to spend time with.”