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Monkey Beach

Directed by Loretta Todd
Canada, 2020 (fiction, 105 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"Waking up in her East Van apartment, Lisa (Grace Dove) is served notice by her cousin's ghost (Sera-Lys McArthur), 'Your family needs you.' Reunited with her Haisla kin in Kitimaat Village, she realizes that she's meant to save her brother (Joel Oulette) from a tragic fate she's foreseen since childhood. Of course, there's also the matter of contending with the mystical creatures lurking in the nearby woods. And so begins a captivating allegory about learning to coexist with both the ghosts that haunt us and spirits who might enlighten us. In bringing Eden Robinson's beloved novel to the screen, Loretta S. Todd offers us a modern epic underpinned by themes that have long defined heroic journeys. Todd's first feature narrative unfolds through a thrilling array of temporal shifts and stylistic flourishes. A film about reconnection with the land, its denizens and the secrets it holds, Monkey Beach is also a testament to Indigenous women's ability to not just endure trials but emerge from them empowered."
-- Mama-oo Productions (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Johnny Darrell, Andrew Duncan, Loretta Todd
Based on: Monkey Beach, a novel by Eden Robinson
Produced by: Paddy Bickerton, Matthew O'Connor, Lisa Richardson, Patricia Poskitt, Jason James, Loretta Todd, Lycrecia Adin, Roseanne Archibald, Fred Fuchs, Carla Robinson, Tom Rowe, Richard Van Camp, Anne Wheeler
Principal Cast: Adam Beach, Nathaniel Arcand, Grace Dove, Joel Oulette, Sera-Lys McArthur, Glen Gould, Sam Bob, Stefany Mathias, Tina Lameman, Nick Dangeli, Miika Bryce Whiskeyjack, Leenah Robinson, Ta'kaiya Blaney, Zoey Snow, Clarisa Spencer, Caliana Robinson, Mike Dangeli, Holly Spencer, Colin Waddel, Tiyanee Stevens, Erica Davis, Corbin Basso, Oliver Tru Sison, Aggie Wells, Dana Hill
Cinematography: Stirling Bancroft
Film Editing: Asim Nurany, Fredrik Thorsen
Music: Jesse Zubot
Production Company: Mama-oo Productions, Reunion Pacific Entertainment

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