SOUTH DAKOTA PREMIERE
Genre: Feature Narrative
Location: Gatineau Québec Canada
Adult language or content
Q&A with SONIA BONSPILLE BOILEAU
Cast & Crew
WRITER/DIRECTOR Sonia Bonspille Boileau
PRODUCER Jason Brennan
KEY CAST Carmen Moore, Lake Delisle, McKenzie Deer Robinson, Margo Kane, Kevin Parent
Rustic Oracle is the story of a missing teenage girl told through the eyes of her younger sister. The story unfolds as young Ivy accompanies her mother on a road-trip to find her sibling Heather who has suddenly disappeared from their community. More than a story about loss, it's the story of a mother and daughter learning how to love and care for each other under painful circumstances.
My goal as an Indigenous Canadian filmmaker is to tell stories that appeal to both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population, but also stories that build bridges between the two by creating relatable and realistic characters that portray the dynamic and relationship amongst these groups. With this short film I want to illustrate the beauty of complicity between two people from different worlds; I want to show how we can easily connect and find common ground when we do not reveal where we come from. I think that by creating a bond between a First Nation character and a Caucasian character, the film has the ability to spark dialogue between the two communities. This minimalist encounter speaks loudly and addresses a larger issue, which is the need for complicity and collaboration between the dominant “white” culture and Indigenous peoples. That being said, the reality is, no matter how strong those connections are or how powerful the attraction is, our emotions get trumped by our core values when they are thrown back into the social context in which Indigenous peoples currently live in. Often as Indigenous women we must put our convictions before our own personal feelings: Integrity becomes more powerful than love.
I am a firm believer in the power of seeing strong Indigenous female characters on screen. Personally, I am tired of seeing pushover or stereotypical female characters in television and in film. The fact that Joyce is a strong leader in her community, who takes matters in her own hands, who believes in her convictions regardless of her emotions, is a powerful message for Indigenous women. She is an activist, she is educated, articulate, and she is a mother and a grandmother. While making my first feature film Le dep, I realized how important it was to have strong female roles on screen that we can identify with. I want to continue applying this in my future projects and hope to have accomplished this with Rustic Oracle.