Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival 2021
Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2021
Native Spirit Festival 2021
Golden Sheaf Award 2021 Best Short Fiction
Mana WAIROA Short Film Award for Advancement of Indigenous Rights
Aidan Devine, Sera-Lys McArthur
Sarah Thomas Moffat
Chase Ryan Hart
Fanning Feathers Productions
Saskatchewan filmmaker Thirza Cuthand uses the prism of genre to address Canada’s horrific crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women in the haunting KWÊSKOSÎW (SHE WHISTLES), in which a girl whose mother has vanished is attacked by her cab driver. It’s an anguished work, centred around a tense performance by Sera-Lys McArthur (also a standout in this year’s DON’T SAY ITS NAME), with supernatural energies bringing it home. Co-starring an especially skin-crawling Aidan Devine (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE). – Mitch Davis
A captivating political thriller tinged with cynicism, masterful in its writing, acting, and direction.
Two hearing-impaired women fall prey to a charismatic murderer in this breathtaking thriller with impeccable sound design.
The legendary Koji Yakusho delivers one of his most moving performances in this repentant yakuza drama by Miwa Nishikawa.