Featured image: Sera Lys-McArthur in Kwêshkosîw (She Whistles). (Courtesy of Fantasia.) As the Fantasia Film Festival wrapped up this past Wednesday, August 25, I still have some interviews to post from the festival, as well as a few smaller reviews of some of the short films that I saw at the festival. Those included She [...]
In horror thriller Don’t Say Its Name, outsiders are being killed by an unseen force in the woods in a Canadian Indigenous community. The town’s sheriff, Betty (Madison Walsh), can’t make heads or tails of it, so she enlists the help of badass game warden Stacey (Sera-Lys McArthur). The film is an Indigenous story at its core, one about protecting one’s land as outsiders (a coal mining company called WEC) look to profit off their land. At the very least, Don’t Say Its Name is thought-provoking because of this. There’s strong character work here, especially with Betty and Stacey. Stacey’s an army vet suffering from PTSD, so her healing from trauma of war is an intriguing element on top of Indigenous people coping with their collective trauma.
Sometimes films are equally as entertaining as they are culturally important, and that’s true for the Canadian short film Kwêskosîw (She Whistles), an Indigenous supernatural thriller playing as part of the Born of Woman programme at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival. In the film, Stephanie (Sera-Lys McArthur) is on her way to girlfriend’s house and she hops in a taxi. On this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by the film’s director Thirza Cuthand, who also writes and associate produces the film, as well as one of the film’s leads and producers, Sera-Lys McArthur.