Meznak

This film is part of the 2013 NC Latin American Film Festival | DIASPORAS & INDIGENEITY: Native and Indigenous Film Series.

Dave, an urban aboriginal in his early twenties, is a Montreal actor. His adoption at the age of 3 has erased all memory of his Native culture. When he experiences his first-ever contact with his biological mother through a photo in the mail, Dave leaves for Kinogamish, the reserve where he was born and where his biological mother, Gertrude, lives. The reunion does not unfold as expected and Dave becomes disoriented, confronted with a world that seems hostile and foreign. Although alienated from his Native culture, can Dave find a home there? Like Hamlet, the Shakespearian hero who he is working on in theatre class, Dave starts to experience an identity crisis. His unplanned return to this desolate community causes upheavals and chain reactions, while dredging up a painful past scarred by secrets and lies.

Directed by: Ives Sioui Durrand (Canada 2012)

Running time: approx 1 hr 30 mins

Show time is 7:00 PM. Let's meet about 15 mins beforehand (there may be crowds due to the festival running all day). Afterwards, let's head to Top of the Hill for food/drink/conversation.

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  • Eunice

    Dinner afterwards at Topos was fun. Let's go there again!

    October 19, 2013

  • Eunice

    Meznak is gripping and intense in its presentation of the poverty and sense of a dead end in the Inuit village in Quebec. At the same time, the beauty of the people and the forest and waters outside the village were stunning. Also, the grand themes of passion, despair and searching ran through the film. Worth seeing.

    October 19, 2013

  • Lisa

    This film had a dramatic story line and powerful images that provoked lots of interesting discussion afterwards.

    October 6, 2013

  • Shawna

    Mesnak was a film with a Shakespearean theme in relation to the tragedy of modern day Indigenous life, which left us with plenty of thought provoking conversation afterwards. I had an enjoyable evening. Also, the UNC Global Education Center is a great venue for a film.

    October 6, 2013

  • Shawna

    Look for me outside the theater at 6:45. I will be wearing a black, knee-length skirt and a sleeveless black and white floral blouse with pink chacos and my hair will be up in a clip :-).

    October 5, 2013

  • Eunice

    Looks interesting. Looking forward to going to "Topo's" too.

    October 4, 2013

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