Backroads


1h 22m 1999

Brief Synopsis

A journey into the lives of First Nation Canadian women living on the reserve in 1976 and the presence of a spiritual phenomena that employs the dark side. Ella Lee Thompson, the only married sister of four, exists as a wife and mother oppressed by her abusive husband Eric. She wants out. Plagued by

Film Details

Release Date
1999
Production Company
Sundance Institute; TTlTfilm Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m

Synopsis

A journey into the lives of First Nation Canadian women living on the reserve in 1976 and the presence of a spiritual phenomena that employs the dark side. Ella Lee Thompson, the only married sister of four, exists as a wife and mother oppressed by her abusive husband Eric. She wants out. Plagued by both her power and beauty she is virtually hunted by the 'white man'. Racist cop Larry and pathetic store owner Marc Leduc both use rape and assault in an attempt to break her spirit. She has reached the breaking point. Beaten again and accused of infidelity, she bludgeons her husband to death. Enter her sisters. Ruby is a brash, strong advocate for Ella Lee who takes control and with their other sister Tammy seeks to find solutions to the impossible situation. Grace, a lawyer who left the reserve 17 years ago, returns home to help. She is the one sister who can face her past, the undeniable presence of the dark energy and the greatest villain of all, the Bearwalker.

Film Details

Release Date
1999
Production Company
Sundance Institute; TTlTfilm Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 22m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) in Park City, Utah January 20-30, 2000.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.

Feature directorial debut for Shirley Cheechoo.

Project is the first Canadian feature written, produced and directed by a First Nation Cree woman.

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States 2000 (Project screened digitally at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (American Spectrum) in Park City, Utah January 20-30, 2000.)