Wednesday, Jun. 8
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.
Director Danis Goulet says, “I wanted to create an oppressive regime, but … every single element in the film was something that already had been imposed on Indigenous people. Speculative fiction exists as a warning . . . but the impulse for it to happen again is always there.”
Goulet has long had a focus on the way past, present and future all connect, the idea of a continuum, and countering the idea of Indigenous people only existing in the past. In "Night Raiders" she combines echoes of the past with subtle warnings about artificial intelligence – who controls technology and how is it deployed. In Cree and English with English subtitles. (Distributed in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2021, 101 min.). Mature language and some scenes of violence.
Director Danis Goulet will Zoom in for a live discussion following the film screening.
Presented in partnership with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management and the Denver American Indian Commission.