World Premiere
Selection 2021 Scheduled

Don't Say Its Name

Directed by Rueben Martell

Wed August 18, 2021
7:30 PM

Virtual Screening

Fri August 20, 2021
9:00 AM

Virtual Screening

Credits  

Director

Rueben Martell

Writer

Rueben Martell, Gerald Wexler

Cast

Julian Black-Antelope, Samuel Marty, Sera-Lys McArthur, Madison Walsh

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Vortex Media

Canada 2021 84 mins OV English Subtitles : English
Genre HorrorThriller

The small, snow-covered Indigenous community is about to see an upturn. Mining company WEC has just made an agreement for drilling on this tribal land, and it’s looking like everyone will benefit – except the land itself. Local activist Kharis Redwater is one of those protesting the deal when her voice is silenced in a hit-and-run that remains unsolved. So as WEC begins their assault on the land, the land itself retaliates against WEC and all those who support it. But for local peace officer Mary Stonechild (Madison Walsh) and Park Ranger Stacey Cole (Sera-Lys McArthur), the answer to this mystery lies in the traditions of their people and the vengeance-filled spirits that have haunted the land for generations, about which the people know one rule: don’t say its name.

DON’T SAY ITS NAME is a triple treat, a very effective snowbound spectral thriller that also gains a tremendous amount of depth and perspective not just from its First Nations setting but also from three exceptional strong women at the centre of the story. With a wealth of Indigenous talent both in front of and behind the camera, DON’T SAY ITS NAME will justly earn praise for its depiction of this culture in a way that is natural and unforced, but it's the very real (and super likeable) characters, and the performances from McArthur, Walsh, and Carla Fox, that make it truly stand out. And for those of you who enjoy snow-set horror films, this one more than delivers. You'll be saying the name of DON’T SAY ITS NAME for some time to come. – Matthew Kiernan

Showings

Wed August 18, 2021
7:30 PM

Virtual Screening

Fri August 20, 2021
9:00 AM

Virtual Screening