NIGHT RAIDERS MOVIE REVIEW
“We knew that they would come for us. Like they always had before. We tried to warn the others that they would come for them too. Because we knew how far they would go.” Such is the truth bitterly carried by the many indigenous peoples throughout the world; past, present, and, in the case of “Night Raiders,” not too distant future. In 2044, Niska (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) and her daughter, Waseese (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart), must fight in a dystopian Canada filled to the brim with not too subtle allegories for dangers like small pox blankets, Standing Rock protests, and residential schools. Connecting with a group of Cree (and an allied Aborigine), the group works to fight back against the imperialist “jingos” who have always worked to destroy, not only their lives, but their culture as well. Cree-Métis Native Danis Goulet makes her feature debut writing and directing this Taika Waititi (Māori) produced film, and our reviewers Mindy, Lewayne, and special guest reviewer and Cherokee Native, Kat, discuss the importance of Native storytelling in showing to the world both the trauma and the triumph of the indigenous world. So come sit by the campfire, and listen to the story here.
DIRECTED BY: Danis Goulet
STARRING: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer, Violet Nelson
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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