The term "blood quantum" refers to a colonial blood measurement system that is used to determine an individual's Indigenous status, and is criticized as a tool of control and erasure of Indigenous peoples. The words take on even more provocative implications as the title of Jeff Barnaby's sophomore feature, which grimly depicts an apocalyptic scenario where in an isolated "Mi'gmaq" community discover they are the only humans immune to a zombie plague. As the citizens of surrounding cities flee to the "Mi'gmaq" reserve in search of refuge from the outbreak, the community must reckon with whether to let the outsiders in - and thus risk not just the extinction of their tribe but of humanity, period. The severe and scathing portrait of post-colonial Indigenous life and culture that Barnaby previously captured in the acclaimed Rhymes for Young Ghouls here deftly collides with the iconography and violent hyperbole typical of the zombie genre. The Undead are spectacularly and gruesomely ...
Toronto International Film Festival
Did You Know?
In the beginning of the movie when Moon asks Traylor what took him so long, Traylor mumbles "Fish Mittens" which is the name of the strip club from the movie "Rhymes for Young Ghouls", also directed by Jeff Barnaby. See more
At about 19 minutes in, Joseph is bit on his right arm by an infected drunk at the jail. Four minutes later, they show his left arm bandaged as he's meeting his girlfriend at an Abortion Clinic. See more
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