Veteran Cree/Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal finally gets the recognition she deserves, headlining in this Canadian film as Mary Birchbark, a world-famous singer who retreats from the stage and holes up in a cabin on her home reserve in the northern bush, living in fear of an abusive manager.
Cardinal has spent most of her career in stereotypical Indigenous cameos. Now she shines as the headliner in a role created for her by the film’s writer/director Darlene Naponse.
Drama, 100 minutes, Canada, 2018, English/Ojibwa
Directed & Directed by Darlene Naponse
Starring: Tantoo Cardinal, Tina Keeper , Gail Maurice