Director Sonia Bonspille Boileau digs into her First Nation roots for her new film “Le Dep,” which heads to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic this weekend. An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Boileau’s feature debut offers timely reflection on aboriginal struggle in Canada, where natives struggle to wrest their autonomy.
For this psychological drama set in a small First Nations community in rural Quebec, Boileau cast relatively unknown actors and real Innu tribe members Eve Ringuette and Charles Buckell to tell the story of a young native woman (Ringuette) who recognizes her attacker when she’s robbed at gunpoint in her father’s convenience store. The encounter unearths secrets buried in her family.
Produced by Nish Media, whose Jason Brennan is also native, “Le Dep” is the inaugural First Nation production to come out of Telefilm Canada’s Micro-Budget program, designed to target and support emerging Canadian film voices.
“Le Dep” screens July 4 in Karlovy Vary’s Forum of Independents competition.