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Abbotsford Film Society screens Metis film Shadow of the Rougarou

Movie depicts traditional story of fur trapper stalked by 'ancient evil'
The Abbotsford Film Society screens Shadow of the Rougarou by Metis director Jordan Waunch on July 17.

The Abbotsford Film Society (AFS) presents a special screening of Shadow of the Rougarou from Métis director Jordan Waunch on Wednesday, July 17.

Following the screening, there will be a talk with actor and Knowledge Keeper Theodore Starr and AFS president Aaron Dawson.

Shadow of the Rougarou is a supernatural thriller inspired by traditional Métis storytelling to tell the tale of sâkowêw, a westward bound Métis-Cree fur trapper called back home to rally recruits for the 1885 North-West Resistance.

Ambushed in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains by a hostile group of American Wolfers and stalked by an ancient evil deep within the woods, the young Métis woman must unravel the truth of her past if she is to return to her childhood village alive.

Dawson first met Waunch when working on Beading Together, a Métis-themed podcast. Dawson was inspired by Waunch’s approach to filmmaking, and he is excited to be able to screen Shadow of the Rougarou in Abbotsford.

“We are committed to programming a wide variety of films by filmmakers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds,” Dawson said. “Indigenous people are being given more opportunities to tell their stories in film and on TV and we want to support that.”

Dawson is also looking forward to the talk-back with actor Theodore Starr.

“As an indigenous actor and Knowledge Keeper, Starr will bring unique insights to both the Rougarou story but also to the filmmaking process,” Dawson said.

As part of the special screening, guests will be able to purchase bannock at the concession made by The Métis Bannock Queen.

The screening takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre's Community Arts Addition at 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets are $15 in advance and are available at (search "Shadow of the Rougarou").

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