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NIGHT RAIDERS

Danis Goulet

Canada, New Zealand , 2021 / 97 min / English OV with English subt. / Sci-fi, Apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic

A mother joins an underground band of vigilantes to try and rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.

After a destructive war across North America, a military occupation seizes control of society. One of their core tactics: taking children from their families and putting them into State Academies, or forced-education camps. Niska is a Cree mother desperate to protect her daughter, Waseese. However, events force mother and daughter to separate, leading Niska to join a brand of underground Cree vigilantes to infiltrate a state-run children’s academy and get her daughter back. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage and love.

Screenings
Sun 06/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia OV EN w/ EN sbtl. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004305?locationFilters=LFFCU&dateTime...

“By innovating within these familiar tropes, director Danis Goulet has delivered a fresh spin on what could have easily been a repetition of all that has come before. (…) The film establishes a foreboding atmosphere within minutes, maintaining a sense of urgency throughout, even in its quieter moments. Danis Goulet has a sharp eye for managing her audience’s expectations too, knowing which parts of the story should be stated explicitly, and what should remain shrouded in mystery.” Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming, 02/03/2021

“The dystopian sci-fi drama is approached from a fresh perspective in Night Raiders, a deeply-felt parable about the eradication of Indigenous North Americans. Working impressively with a low budget, Goulet capably produces an atmosphere of melancholy and societal decay.” Tim Grierson, Screendaily, 02/03/2021

“Goulet’s creation of an unforgiving world is full of intricate details and the performances impressive, especially from Tailfeathers, who anchors the film with her quiet courage. It’s a tough story but one told with skill and by a name to watch for.” Freda Cooper, The People’s Movies, 04/03/2021

Awards
  • Emerging Talent Award to Danis Goulet, Toronto International Film Festival, 2021 (Canada)
  • Grand Prix Focus for Feature Film, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 2021 (Canada)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant
Screenplay 
Danis Goulet
Cinematographer 
Daniel Grant
Sound 
Lou Solokofsky, Graham Rogers, Stephen Marian
Set 
Zazu Myers
Music 
Moniker
Production 
Alcina Pictures, Uno Bravo, Miss Conception Films
Distribution 
XYZ Films
Biography

Danis Goulet is a Cree-Métis filmmaker from La Ronge, Saskatchewan, now based in Toronto. Her many short films include Barefoot, which premiered at the Festival and later received a special mention at the Berlinale, and Wakening, which also premiered at Toronto’s International Film Festival, screened at Sundance, and won Outstanding Canadian Feature at the ReelWorld Film Festival. She is an alumna of the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize Program and of Toronto’s International Film Festival Talent Lab, a former TIFF programmer, and a former artistic director of the ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Night raiders is her feature directorial debut.

Filmography
  • 2022 – Ivy (filming)
  • 2021 – Night Raiders
  • 2013 – Wakening (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2012 – Barefoot (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 – Wapawekka (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2006 – Divided by Zero (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2004 – Spin (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)