Angelique’s Isle : Fri | February 1 | 6:15 PM | SilverCity #3
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When Charlie Mott (Charlie Carrick), an enthusiastic young French Métis voyageur spots Angelique (Julia Jones), a 17-year old Anishnaabe woman, in Sault Ste. Marie in 1845, he is smitten by her natural beauty and intelligence. When he informs her grandmother, Green Thunderbird (Tantoo Cardinal) that he wants to marry Angelique, she warns him “to not let anything happen” to her.
Soon Charlie finds a job with Cyrus Mendelhall (Aden Young), an American mining prospector. Being deeply in love, Charlie insists that Angelique travel with him and the crew on the expedition. They travel to an island in Lake Superior that’s rumoured to have copper veins. In fact, Indigenous people had been mining copper in the Great Lakes area for thousands of years.
When they find what seems to be a major copper deposit, Cyrus promises a bonus to Charlie if he stays behind until spring to guard the claim. He promises he’ll send provisions in two weeks that will get them through the winter. The shipment never arrives, and the newlyweds are faced with a bleak, harrowing winter without food. All but abandoning her Christian upbringing, Angelique finds strength in visions of her grandmother’s Indigenous teachings, while Charlie slips towards madness brought on by starvation.
Director and screenwriter Michelle Derosier (Anishnaabe) knows the Great Lakes and northern Ontario landscape well. Isle Royale, where this true story took place, is within sight of her home in Thunder Bay. Derosier and co-director Marie-Hélène Cousineau bring out powerful, authentic performances from the entire cast in this haunting story of love, resilience and survival.
WITH SHORT FILM:
On the Water
Steve Sxwithul’txw | BC | 12 min
A group of paddlers from the Penelakut First Nations on Vancouver Island travel to Hawaii to take part in the Queen Lili’uokalani race, the world’s largest outrigger canoe race.
FILM PRESENTED BY:
University of Victoria Faculty of Social Sciences