The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie plague. Traylor, the tribal sheriff, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and reserve riff raff from the hordes of walking white corpses.
Jeff Barnaby (Listuguj, Quebec, Canada, 1976) was born on a Mi’gmaq reserve in Listuguj, Quebec. His filmmaking paints a stark and scathing portrait of post-colonial indigenous life and culture. After making several award-winning short films, he made his debut feature film, the cult hit Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Blood Quantum is his sophomore feature film.
MC Mario vs. Barrucco: Black Out (cm, 2003), From Cherry English (cm, 2004), The Colony (cm, 2007), File Under Miscellaneous (cm, 2010), Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), Etlinisigu’niet (cm, doc., 2015), Blood Quantum (2019).
“I’ve based my entire life around the truth that art can transcend hate and alter perceptions; I know this for fact because art has done this for me more than once. [...] I wanted the themes in Blood Quantum to be a bare knuckled look into the frustrations of racism, to put these taboo topics into the public consciousness in a way that wasn’t partisan. There is no other genre better equipped to keep pace with the anxiety of race of this reality than horror, no better trope than a zombie to better personify a culture that consumes itself. Race is a twisted matter; it needs levity and hyperbole to make it digestible.”
Canada, 2019, 96’, col.
regia, sceneggiatura, montaggio/director, screenplay, film editing
Sylvain Lemaître, Louisa Schabas
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Michael Greyeyes (Traylor), Forrest Goodluck (Joseph), Kiowa Gordon (Lysol), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Joss), Olivia Scriven (Charlie), Stonehorse Lone Goeman (Gisigu), Brandon Oakes (Bumper), William Belleau (Shooker), Devery Jacobs (James), Gary Farmer (Moon)