Marie Clements | Dramatic Feature
Gwich’in/Inuktitut/Pashtun| Canada| 2018 |100 min
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 8:45pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
Dylan, a Gwich'in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, is on a military tour in Afghanistan. During a check-in in a Pashtun village, Dylan is ambushed and captured by Taliban rebels. The capture triggers deep memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana. As the interrogation begins, Dylan responds in Gwich'in, creating a fury in Taliban leader, Ramin, who thinks he is talking in code. He is held captive in a house owned by Ramin's cousin Aman, the Translator. When Ramin takes an interest in Aman's daughter, Khatira, she takes matters into her own hands and uses Dylan to free her family. Now on the run, they must make it to the border before the rebels catch up with them. Along the way, the Dylan realises that the family were just as imprisoned as he was. Bonded by survival through the treacherous landscapes, a blizzard settles in that helps to hide them when the Taliban catch up to them, but at the same time puts their lives in peril.
Marie Clements (Metis,Dene) works across the arts within a variety of mediums including film, T.V., radio, and live performance. Her previous film The Road Forward closed imagineNATIVE in 2018 and received accolades internationally. Her work has screened at Cannes, TIFF, MOMA, VIFF, Whistler Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival and ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. As a playwright, she has been presented on some of the most prestigious stages, both nationally and internationally. She has garnered numerous awards and publications. This is her feature film debut.