I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to interview Tristen Marty, who plays Buddy Blackwolf in the film Indian Horse. It's an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, shedding light on the dark history of Canada’s Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of Indigenous people. We chatted about the importance of the film and how we can all make a difference. Check out our Q&A below:
Why should people watch Indian Horse?
It's an eye opener for non- indigenous people to see what really happened to the people who were in residential school. Sure some people have "heard" about the stories that indigenous children experienced, but to actually see Indian Horse on the big Screen? Is whole other different experience. Yes it is the truth. Yes it did happen, but, we need to keep "keeping On"
What kind of impact do you hope the film will have on the viewers?
I hope to leave a deep presidence that will filter through the individual(s)I hope that Indian Horse will breakdown the stigma towards indigenous People, as alcoholics, drug addicts, gangsters, lazy. I hope that our generation can move forward and forgive our grandparents/Parents that turned to substance to numb the horrific trauma they went through in residential schools as children. Some of our people didn't get a chance to hear what happened to their grandparents, here is their chance. If you haven't seen the movie yet? Please take my wise advice and take some Kleenex with you.
How can we all make a difference?
Understand the stories that come from residential school survivors by developing empathy so that we can leap and strive in our lives in whatever it is we put our minds too, wether it be a career, or sustainability in our languages across Turtle Island, also known as Canada.
Indian Horse is out now in theatres across Canada. For more information about the novel and film, visit the website here.