Indian Horse: Canadian drama about a hockey player who survived Canada’s residential school system

Indian Horse is a Canadian drama that follows the life of First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of 1970s Canada.

A talented hockey player, Saul Indian Horse must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

The movie is an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse. The plot of the film follows Saul Indian Horse, from his experience at an Ontario Catholic residential school where he faced abuse and the stripping away of his culture, to adulthood where he has moved up the ranks in the hockey world.

Although Indian Horse is a fictional film, it delivers a story that’s all-too real and familiar for many indigenous people of Canada.

Actress Edna Manitowabi, who plays Naomi, the grandmother of Saul Indian Horse, in the movie, said: “For me it was real. It’s all real. I didn’t feel as though I was performing or acting. It’s something that I have lived with all of my life.”

Indian Horse

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

 

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