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Night Raiders

Ignite High School Screening


In her provocative, pulse-quickening first feature, Danis Goulet devises a speculative future spawned from Canada’s colonial legacy. In a war-ravaged North America circa 2043, Indigenous people live knowing that it’s practically a foregone conclusion that their children will one day fall into the custody of their military occupiers. These abductions come with promises that state institutions will provide education, medical care, and generally “better lives.” Niska (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) isn’t buying it. Consequently, when her daughter Waseese (Brooklyn Letexier-Hart) is taken from her, she joins a group of Cree vigilantes intent on springing their children from a fortified compound.

Rich in allegorical power and finely calibrated character dynamics, Night Raiders both reinvents and subverts genre conventions in an array of inspired ways. Embracing the liberties offered by speculative storytelling, Goulet delivers a riveting, relevant action thriller founded on themes of resilience and love. Ultimately, it’s a testament to courage and a reminder that, in the face of callousness, sometimes survival hinges on more than just a killer instinct.


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Director Danis Goulet
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Country of Origin Canada/New Zealand
Year 2021
Language English and Cree
Content Warning Coarse language; violence
Rating PG
97 min

Education Resources

Education Guide Coming Soon

Primary Curriculum Interests:

  • Media 10
  • Film and Television 11
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • English First Peoples: New Media 11 + 12
  • English 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Social Studies 9, 10
  • Social Justice 12
  • Political Studies 12

Other Curriculum Interests:

  • Directing and Script Development 12
  • Drama 9 + 10

In-Cinema Only: June 15, 9:30 am, Vancity Theatre

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Executive Producer

Taika Waititi


Tara Woodbury, Paul Barkin, Ainsley Gardiner, Georgina Allison Conder, Chelsea Winstanley, Eva Thomas


Danis Goulet


Daniel Grant


Jorge Weisz

Original Music


Production Design

Zazu Myers