Special guests Naomi Fontaine and Sharon Fontaine
18 years and older
Grand Prix, Québec City Film Festival (2019)
Namur International Francophone Film Festival (Belgium, 2019)
Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other to stick together no matter what. But as they're about to turn 17, their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy, and starts dreaming of leaving the reserve that's now too small for her dreams.
Tender coming of age story in an Innu community.
Myriam Verreault's coming-of-age drama, set on an Innu reservation in Quebec, is quietly moving (…) Kuessipan is a beautiful, un-sensationalized look at young womanhood, friendship and community.
— Now Toronto
Perhaps the strongest debut feature on the Canadian front this year. (…) Key to Kuessipan’s power is a knockout down-to-earth performance by Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao as Mikuan.
— That Self
Of great beauty.
— Le Soleil
Beautiful and necessary.
— Journal de Québec
Full of humanity and incredible force. (…) You need to see this film which contributes to bring people together (…) Kuessipan imposes itself as an impossible to miss piece of work.