EIFF ’19 Review: ‘The Grizzlies’

Editor’s note: this review contains mentions of suicide, death, trauma.

The Grizzlies opens starkly with a series of black and white school photographs, featuring Indigenous children with cropped hair, wearing school uniforms. These are the victims of Canada‚Äôs residential school system, a government-supported initiative to take the children away from their families and way of life, and indoctrinate them. Under this system, children were taken to boarding houses and forced to assimilate into French-Canadian culture and many experienced violent abuse. With such a bleak opening, The Grizzlies asks the viewer to consider the grip of colonialism, and its poisonous legacy on Indigenous communities. 

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