June 28, 2022

Two-spirit Mi’kmaw teenager Hyperlink (Phillip Lewitski) is simply discovering his sexuality when his already risky dwelling life goes off the rails in Wildhood.Courtesy of Mongrel Media

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Wildhood

Written and directed by Bretten Hannam

Starring Phillip Lewitski, Avery Winters-Anthony and Michael Greyeyes

Classification N/A; 99 minutes

Opens in choose Canadian theatres March 11

Critic’s Choose

At turns heartbreaking and reaffirming, Wildhood tells the story of Lincoln (Philip Lewitski), who goes by Hyperlink, and his journey to simply accept his Mi’kmaw heritage and his sexuality.

Introduced up by an abusive father in a rural east-coast trailer park, Hyperlink at first disassociates with each his identities. However after one other bodily altercation together with his father, he involves study that his Mi’kmaw mom would possibly nonetheless be alive. Alongside together with his youthful half-brother, Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony), he units out on a journey to seek out some solutions and objective. Whereas on the run, Hyperlink and Travis meet Pasmay (Joshua Odjick), a pow wow dancer who’s working from demons of his personal, and a bond varieties between the trio.

Filmed in Nova Scotia and that includes each English and Mi’kmaw, Wildhood superbly captures the panorama and its group in addition to moments of humour, even because it treads some bleak areas. Written, directed and produced by Bretten Hannam, and starring a combined forged of established and novice actors, together with Mi’kmaw elder Becky Julian, Wildhood is a worthy addition to the rising canon of Indigenous movie and TV works.

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Joshua Odjick and Phillip Lewitski in Wildhood.RILEY SMITH PHOTOGRAPHER/Courtesy of Mongrel Media

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