Indian Horse

The Roxy Theater is proud to present the Indigenous Cinema Series in partnership with the Indigenous Film Festival, a weekly series in November intended to highlight indigenous stories in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.

In late 1950s Ontario, seven year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada's notorious Catholic residential schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage and he witnesses all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastimes--hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself how to not only play but develops a unique and rare skill. It's as if he has eyes in the back of his head and can see the game in a way no other player can. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul's past will always haunt him. Forced to confront painful memories and revelations, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to gain the compassion he so sorely needs in order to begin healing. Indian Horse is a survivors' tale that foregrounds the indomitable spirit of North America's indigenous peoples in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism.

Panel discussion to follow the screening.

Indian Horse

Screening Times

Sponsored By Humanities Montana

Film Info

Stephen S. Campanelli, 2017, Canada, 101 minutes, NR

Genre: Drama
Cast Members: Ajuawak Kapashesit, Michiel Huisman, Forrest Goodluck