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Opening Night Gala
Falls Around Her

Darlene Naponse (Ojibway)
Canada | 2018 | 90 min | Narrative Feature

Wed Oct 17 7:00 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Co-Presented by:

Legendary singer, Mary Birchbark (Tantoo Cardinal), abandons a life of fame and fortune to follow the instinctual pull that calls her home to her First Nation. Desiring to reconnect with land and her community, she returns to the beautiful woods of her reserve to seek solitude in an isolated cabin. But as the slow change of seasons marks her thirst for transformation, she begins to have the unsettling feeling that she is being watched and quickly finds that doors to the past are not so easily shut

imagineNATIVE is pleased to present Falls Around Her as this year’s Opening Night selection. Filled with drama and humour, this film also commemorates the first starring role in a feature- length movie for the legendary Tantoo Cardinal, whose remarkable performance is shared with
a fantastic supporting cast including Tina Keeper, Gail Maurice and Johnny Issaluk.


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Darlene Naponse is a writer, director, and video artist whose work, including the award-winning film Every Emotion Costs, has toured cross Canada and internationally including the Sundance Film Festival and the American Indian Film Festival. Darlene is committed to social consciousness, her environmental footprint, youth advocacy and governance work within her community. Falls Around Her is Darlene’s third narrative feature film.