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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Julian Brave NoiseCat, Emily Kassie

Canada | Documentary | 107

28 Apr
Sun, Apr 28 at 4:15 pm PT

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Directors Julian Brave Noisecat and Emily Kassie are expected to attend


Offering searing insights into generational trauma inflicted on Indigenous children, co-director Julian Brave NoiseCat’s documentary feature debut delivers an intimate investigation into the abuse elders in his family and community suffered while attending St. Joseph’s Mission Residential school near Canada’s Sugarcane Reserve. As NoiseCat and co-director Emily Kassie search for answers, the Canadian government continues a revelatory probe into the cases of the institution’s missing and murdered children. The film fearlessly confronts the survivors’ experiences through powerful testimony and difficult conversations as it highlights a community seeking accountability from the government and the Catholic Church and questions whether it is possible to journey out of shame and silence to find forgiveness and healing. NoiseCat and Kassie won the US Documentary directing award at the Sundance Film Festival for their stunning work.

Director Julian Brave NoiseCat

Oakland native Julian Brave Noisecat was a policy analyst, cultural organizer, and political strategist before switching gears to writing and filmmaking. As a journalist, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and other publications. In 2022, he received the American Mosaic Journalist Prize. He is currently at work on his first book, We Survived the Night. Sugarcane is his first feature.

Director Emily Kassie

Emily Kassie is a journalist and filmmaker. Her short film, I Married My Family’s Killer (2014) won a documentary Student Academy Award. She won a Outstanding Hard News Feature Story in a Newscast New & Documentary Emmy Award for I Just Simply Did He Wanted (2018). She shared the Sundance Film Festival US Documentary directing award with Julian Brave NoiseCat.

Film Details

Language English, Secwepemctsín

Year 2024

Premiere California

Runtime 107

Country Canada/USA

Director Julian Brave NoiseCat, Emily Kassie

Executive Producer Bill Way, Elliott Whitton, Jenny Raskin, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Tegan Acton, Emma Pompetti, Grace Lay, Sumalee Montano, Sabrina Merage Naim, Douglas Choi, Adam & Melony Lewis, Meadow Fund, JanaLee Cherneski & Ian Desai, David & Linda Cornfield, Maida Lynn, Robina Riccitiello

Producer Emily Kassie, Kellen Quinn

Editor Nathan Punwar, Maya Daisy Hawke

Cinematographer Christopher LaMarca, Emily Kassie

Music Mali Obomsawin

Closed Captions Closed Captions are confirmed for this program

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not yet confirmed for this program

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language Interpretation is not currently scheduled for this film