Indian Horse (1 hr, 41 min) Rated 14A
An adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving and important drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. Indian Horse recounts the story of Saul Indian Horse and his journey from a northern Ojibwa child, torn from his family and placed in one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools, to a man who ultimately finds his place in the world.
From a childhood where Saul was denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage, and having witnessed horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care, Saul discovers a hidden talent for Canada’s pastime – hockey. He develops into a gifted player, but must still deal with the process of healing from his past emotional wounds.
Filmed partly in Peterborough (including The Mount Community Centre), Indian Horse also employed several local actors as film extras. Indian Horse stars Canadian newcomers Sladen Peltier and Ajuawak Kapashesit, who along with Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant) portray title character Saul Indian Horse at the three stages of his life. It also features a compelling performance by newcomer Edna Manitowabi. A residential school survivor herself, Manitowabi brings a soulful presence as Saul’s indomitable grandmother.