In this first Canadian narrative feature film to deal with the Canadian Aboriginal community and Two-Spirited people, gay Cree/Metis filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones’s Fire Song is a thoughtful character study focused on a young gay Anishinaabe man who is at a crossroads, forced to choose between the challenges of life on a homophobic First Nation reservation and his close knit family, a secret boyfriend, and the possibilities offered by the outside world.
When a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community, it’s up to her closeted brother Shane (Andrew Martin) to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for University in the fall, and he has been trying to convince his secret boyfriend, David (Harley Legarde), to come with him, but now everything is uncertain.
Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city. He pushes through barrier after barrier, determined to take care of his mom, Jackie (Jennifer Podemski), and earn money for school. But when circumstances take a turn for the worse and Shane has to choose between his family or his future, what will he do?
From the razor scars on Martin’s upper arms to the two real-life suicides that took place on the Ontario reserve while they were shooting, the film serves as a stark reminder of Aboriginal communities’ self-harm crisis. But it’s really about much more than that.
Torn between the city and the country, formal education and embracing tradition, a straight life and being true to his desires, Director Jones has rendered a character pulled in all directions at once. Fire Song resonates deeply for anyone who has felt the effect of being an outsider struggling to connect with the world.
Fire Song will be released in the U.S. via Wolfe Video on November 8, 2016 on DVD / VOD: across all digital platforms including iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, and WolfeOnDemand.com, and will be on DVD via Wolfe Video and many major retailers.
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