Bearwalker (2000)
Bearwalker (2000) Genre(s): Drama

AKA: Backroads

Directed by: Shirley Cheechoo

Starring: Renae Morriseau, Sheila Tousey, Shirley Cheechoo, Greta Cheechoo, Max Martini, John Tench, Tim Sampson, Dennis O'Connor

Synopsis: When Ella Lee's husband turns up dead, her sisters come to her aid.

Ripley's movie review

Very interesting movie. It was a bit rough around the edges but the story was good and covered pretty much everything you can think of: murder, rape, racism, sexism, spirituality, family bonds, tragedy, comedy. The main characters switch easily from English to Cree and back again and that was kinda fascinating, too.

As long as you don't expect a Hollywood movie (it's very Canadian), this one is worth watching. At the very least, you'll learn something about Native beliefs.

Trivia: Shirley Cheechoo (Ruby) wrote, directed, produced, and acted in this movie. She is the first First Nation's woman to do all of these things for a feature film in Canada.

Added 22 November 2002 at 10:48 AM

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