Hamlet might seem like an odd theme for an Indigenous feature film, but Mesnak just walked away with the 2012 Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress awards at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. As the debut film for Yves Sioui Durand (Huron-Wendat), a Montreal theatre director, Mesnak confonts the unsavory aspects of ongoing colonialism in Canada, like identity loss and cultural corrosion in Native communities, through one family’s tragic story.
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