Moose River Crossing (2013)
Moose River Crossing is a feature film based on the play that examines the premise and asks the question "Does time heal all wounds?". Six childhood friends and former residential school students meet at the train station to travel to their school reunion. It's been eighteen years. Excited yet apprehensive they greet each other with the warmth of friends past and do the preverbal "catch up." As the minutes move to hours and a derailed train delays their travel, these six adults flash to the past; the love, the lies, the pain of childhood lost and finally resolution. Their reunion insulated in the stark lobby of the train station, proves to be the door that opens a path to healing.- Written by Shirely Cheechoo
1976. A residential school in Northern Ontario is holding a reunion. Aboriginal children in Canada are forced to attend residential schools to learn how to be "white", in the process losing their aboriginal identity. Some of the former students who will be attending have made arrangements to meet at the train station on the last leg of the train trip, while they realize they will probably meet other attendees at the station as well. Waiting at the station for this one particular train end up being early thirty-somethings Harriet Matches, Margaret Visitor, Henry Linklater, Tommy Hardisty, Robert Bosum and Debbie Sutherland. All six, like the majority of their classmates, were negatively affected by their residential school experience, which included emotional, physical and sexual abuse by the school administrators. Even Tommy, the "golden boy", was negatively affected, he who now works for the Department of Indian Affairs, as do some other aboriginals who attended residential schools, these DIA aboriginal staff all being seen by their fellow aboriginals as the brainwashed ones who they see as perpetuating the whitifying of the aboriginal population by the white majority. Beyond some issues between some of these six from their residential school days, the six have to come to terms with what the residential school experience has done to their lives as they each come clean with their reasons for attending a reunion at an institution for which they only have bad memories.- Written by Huggo
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