By Niigonwedom Sinclair
Minus some amateurish special effects, this is an impressive first film.
MI Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)
One wishes for more complexity in Ojibway filmmaker Jeremy Torrie’s A Flesh Offering, an incarnation of the “slasher” genre from a Native perspective. Unfortunately, the film starts with possibility, continues stereotypically, and ends predictably. The formula is all there: the irredeemable youth, the ever-watching killer, the grime and the gore, etc. But, besides a Native lead and some beautiful scenery (shot in Quebec), this 85-minute film is much more flesh and too little offering.
MI Rating: ★★ (out of 5)
The final incarnation of the Wiindigo to hit the screens at this year’s imagineNATIVE is Ojibwe poet Armand Garnet Ruffo’s A Windigo Tale.
In his screenwriting and directorial debut, Ruffo has produced a roller coaster narrative through legacies of residential school abuse, cultural atrophy, and youth gangs (just to name a few themes), creating a new and chilling incarnation of Windigo that cannot be forgotten.
MI Rating: ★★★★½ (out of 5)
For more on the subject, see Hayden Christensen in Wendigo Movie and Too Many Wendigos.
Below: "Still from 'A Flesh Offering' (Dir. J. Torrie)."