Stuck in a Nova Scotia trailer park and going nowhere fast, Link (Phillip Lewitski) is always on the run, fleeing local cops, dodging his abusive dad, and denying his Two-Spirit nature. When he discovers that, contrary to his dad’s claims, his Mi’kmaw mother may still be alive, he and his half-brother Travis (Avery Winters-Anthony) finally have purpose. On the road to Mi’kma’ki, they pick up Pasmay (Joshua Odjick), a gregarious drifter and pow wow dancer who represents Link’s best chance at locating his mom and finally experiencing a sense of acceptance.
In their first feature film, Bretten Hannam crafts a road movie in which both the journey and destination offer opportunities for self-discovery. The slow burn romance between Link and Pasmay proves both carnal and catalytic, with the sparks that fly igniting Link’s interest in his heritage and willingness to fully embrace his true nature. Hannam’s persuasive coming-of-age tale reminds us how empowerment often comes courtesy of intimacy and tenderness.
Phillip Lewitski, Joshua Odjick, Michael Greyeyes, Joel Thomas Hynes, Steve Lund, Avery Winters-Anthony
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Bretten Hannam is a Two Spirit L’nu filmmaker living in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) where they were raised. Their films deal with themes of community, culture, and language with a focus on two spirit and LGBTQ+ identity. They wrote and directed North Mountain (2015), which won Best Original Score at the Atlantic Film Festival and the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature. They also wrote and directed the short film Wildfire (2019), which premiered at BFI Flare and went on to play at Frameline LGBT Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, ImagineNative, and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.
Photo: © Jack Leahy
North Mountain (2015)