Ray and Jolene come to the city in search of new answers to old age questions. They walk away with themselves.





Cast overview:
Jolene Peltier
Ray Morrin
Max Cardinal
Cheri Maracle ...
Linda Cardinal
Rae Ellen Bodie ...
Tarrot Card Lady
Jonah Allison ...
Inferno Dad
Abby Zotz ...
Tricia Williams ...
Baby Store Sales Lady
Kimwun Perehinec ...
Best Dad Ever


Tkaronto is a reflective and provoking exploration of two Aboriginal 30-somethings, Ray and Jolene, who make an unexpected connection at the pinnacle of a common struggle: to stake claim to their urban aboriginal identity. Ray Morin, A Métis writer, is in Tkaronto (the original Mohawk word for "Toronto") to pitch his TV series, Indian Jones. This looks to be his big break. The only problem is Ray's growing disdain for TV execs who are more motivated by ticking off the Aboriginal box and tapping into "hot" Aboriginal funding than they are genuinely interested in the project itself. Ray feels caught between a rock and a hard place as his non-aboriginal wife puts the pressure on for him to take the job. Jolene Peltier, an Anishnabe painter, is in Tkaronto conducting interviews for a series of portraits on prominent Aboriginal people. When Elder Max Cardinal gives her an eagle feather and sweetgrass, it confirms her deep-seated feeling that she should walk a spiritual path. But can ... Written by Shane Belcourt

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In the search for each other we find ourselves





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21 October 2007 (Canada)  »

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CAD 20,000 (estimated)

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(NTSC Color)

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2.35 : 1
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26 February 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A interesting and different movie about being unsure of oneself, in particular being part-native in a white culture. Somewhat talky and slow but ultimately rewarding. This is a movie that asks the viewer to pay attention. The issues of identity that are discussed are universal, even if they are presented in the context of native cultures. The acting is very good, especially by Lorne Cardinal, most recently seen as the bumbling cop in "Corner Gas". The two principals are relatively unknown but I believe they will go far. They play the transient chemistry between them with finesse. Clearly a low budget film but worth seeing. Not for lovers of Hollywood movies.

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