On October 7, 2019 Night Raiders, an Indigenous sci-fi feature from award-winning Saskatchewan-born Cree/Métis writer/director, Danis Goulet (Wakening, Barefoot), began principal photography. The film takes place in the near future, where North American cities have come under military occupation, and children are now property of the state following a war. Desperate to save her daughter, a Cree woman joins an underground group of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy. Night Raiders is a female-driven dystopian drama about resilience, courage, and love.
The film, which marks Goulet’s feature film directorial debut, stars Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers who starred in The Body Remembers When the World Broke which recently showed at the Toronto International Film Festival and Open, Blood Quantum, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Burden of Truth), New Zealand’s Alex Tarrant (Seachange, When We Go to War), Shaun Sipos (Krypton, Dark Matter) and Emmy and Tony Award-winning Amanda Plummer (Hunger Games, Pulp Fiction). Filming will continue until November 11, 2019 in Toronto and surrounding area.
Night Raiders is a Canada – New Zealand co-production, an Indigenous first for the Canadian film industry. It is produced by Tara Woodbury (Transplant, The Underground), Paul Barkin (The Colony, Amreeka), Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle vs Shark) and Georgina Condor (Cousins), co-produced by Chelsea Winstanley (Jojo Rabbit, What We Do in the Shadows), with Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarock) serving as Executive Producer. Also executive producing are Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving for Eagle Vision.
Night Raiders will be distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures. XYZ Films is handling US sales.
“This story focuses on the bond between a mother and her daughter and explores the impacts of colonization, and especially what happens to families when they’re fractured by the State. Throughout cinema history, 99% of Indigenous stories on screen have been told without us. I’m so thrilled to be seeing change happen in the industry to support more Indigenous perspectives and it’s an honour and privilege to make a film that I’ve been writing for seven years with such incredible industry support and with such a stellar cast,” said writer/director, Danis Goulet.
Night Raiders was developed with support from the Sundance Institute and with assistance from Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund. Produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Ontario Creates, New Zealand Film Commission, and Manitoba Film and Music, in association with Bell Media’s Crave and CBC Films.
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