HIFF ExtremeJeff Barnaby
Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby says, ““Natives have been on screen for 100 years but have never controlled that image.” In this age of representation, Barnaby took the reigns for his latest film, BLOOD QUANTUM is a film straight from the George Romero playbook in that it is equal parts horror and cultural critique, but instead of mass consumerism, it explores the atrocious and bloody history of colonized First Peoples.
The term "blood quantum" refers to a highly controversial measurement of the amount of "Indian blood" you have. It can affect your identity, your relationships and whether or not you — or your children — may become a citizen of your tribe. This is also a somewhat controversial qualification used for people of Kanaka Maoli ancestry in established Hawai‘i State programs, for example. As the main story point, it is an innovative take on the tried-and-true zombie genre — the film grimly depicts an apocalyptic scenario where in an isolated Mi'gmaq community discover they are the only humans immune to a zombie plague. As the citizens of surrounding cities flee to the Mi'gmaq reserve in search of refuge from the outbreak, the community must determine whether to let the outsiders in (i.e. white people) — and thus risk not just the extinction of their tribe but of humanity, period.
Socio-cultural commentary aside, BLOOD QUANTUM is a wild, bloody affair — The undead are ceremoniously and gruesomely dispatched via samurai swords, chainsaws, shotguns, and makeshift axes. It fully delivers on the gore, but at the forefront, Barnaby has directed a horror film that explores racism, colonialism, and the very threat of indigenous cultural extinction faced for generations.
|Saturday 9||21:00 - 22:41||Regal Dole Cannery 15|
|Wednesday 13||20:30 - 22:11||Regal Dole Cannery 1|
|Saturday 23||20:00 - 21:41||The Palace Theater|
|Cast||Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon and Olivia Scriven.|