A Vancouver and Toronto film festival drama about residential school survivors is coming to Penticton on Dec. 10, 2022. Bones of Crows will screen at the Cleland Theatre this Saturday at 7 pm and the community is invited to attend.
The film by Métis writer, director and producer Marie Clements, follows Cree matriarch Aline Spears through her life, including her experiences at residential school and the lasting, inter-generational impact it had on her family. The film features many members of the Penticton Indian Band including Summer Testawich who plays a young Aline Spears.
“We would like to thank the City of Penticton for partnering with us and allowing the screening of this exciting film at the Cleland Theatre. We are extremely excited and look forward to witness the debut of the acting skills of community members from the Penticton Indian Band, who are featured in and play some major roles in the film,” said Chief Greg Gabriel of the Penticton Indian Band.
Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are available at no cost at the Community Centre, City Hall and the Penticton Indian Band office. Following the screening, there will be a facilitated discussion about the film.
“We’re very thankful for the opportunity to partner with the Penticton Indian Band to support the screening of this important film in our community,” said Penticton Mayor Julius Bloomfield. “This is a meaningful opportunity for our communities to come together and learn more about the tragic history of residential schools and the ongoing intergenerational trauma that is fundamental to reconciliation. I hope to see our community take advantage of this rare opportunity.”
The Bones of Crows film, which will soon be accompanied by a five-part mini-series commissioned by CBC Radio-Canada in association with APTN. More information about the film and the screening tour can be found at www.bonesofcrows.com.