Turtle Island tells the story of an orphaned teen, Irene, who finds it hard to come in terms with the loss of her mother. She rebels against her Native American guardian and runs away from home. Featuring a sublime weaving together of indigenous culture and social issues, the story follows Irene, played by Hannah Marijon, on her heartfelt journey from a naive teenager to a successful author.
Socially relevant topic. Neat presentation and realistic performance
Very few filmmakers show interest in exploring the plight of deracinated ancient civilizations. Still fewer are those who grasp the intricacies of those cultures and weave them into a narration worthy of a short feature film. Debutant filmmaker Orko Mukherjee deserves kudos for managing to achieve these artistic tasks with praiseworthy help from his technicians.
The film delves into the life of a Caucasian woman raised by a Native American woman. Their struggles, failures, joys and hopes are neatly presented to us through natural lighting and realistic performance. The Caucasian woman falls in love with a man and leaves the home with him against the wish of her foster mother. As is natural in life shattering of promises brings her back to her senses.
The film is worth watching at least once. The narration flows smoothly and hooks your attention from the first frame. A simple low budget short flick that leaves you satisfied.
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