Elle Máijá Tailfeathers sees Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders as a remarkable film with indigenous storytelling and a mostly indigenous cast.
The film, which is also executive produced by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, What We Do in the Shadows), uses story themes that affect North American indigenous communities and showcases cultural elements from Cree.
The film stars Elle Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Burden of Truth0, Gail Maurice (Trickster), Amanda Plummer (Ratched, Pulp Fiction), Alex Tarrant (NCIS: Hawai’i), Violet Nelson (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open), Shaun Sipos (Texas Chainsaw), and Suzanne Cyr (Suits).
Here is the official synopsis:
The year is 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage, and love.
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LRM Online’s talked with actress Elle Máijá Tailfeathers on her lead role, preparation, and her familiarity with the Cree culture. Also, we discussed the production, indigenous cast, and acting alongside Brooklyn Letexier-Hart.
Elle Máijá Tailfeathers is a filmmaker, writer, and actor based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) from the Kainai First Nation (Blood Reserve) and Sámi from northern Norway. She got her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia in first nations studies with a minor in women’s and gender studies. Her short film Bihttos was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and a Leo Award for best short documentary. Her performance was recognized for On the Farm with a nomination for a Leo Award and an American Indian Motion Picture Award. Her narrative feature film debut came with The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and garnered an honorable mention for best Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. Also, she appeared on screen in Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum.
Night Raiders is in select theaters, On Demand, and available digitally today.
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