Overview

Like many Native families, Lena Mahikan grew up in the cycle of abuse. Her father, a residential school survivor, was an alcoholic until he killed himself when Lena was 10. Her mother, only 14 years her senior, turned to the slots. By the time Lena was 15, she was pregnant and, before giving birth, was kicked to the curb by her mom. The cycle continues and Lena is now watching helplessly as her own daughter, Peeka, spirals out of control, landing herself in the hospital following a drug overdose. As a final attempt at survival, Lena decides to return home and face her own mother and a past she’s desperate to escape.

  1. Peter Stebbings

    Director

  2. Shannon Masters

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Cara Gee

    Cara Gee

    Lena Mahikan

  2. Shay Eyre

    Peeka Mahikan

  3. Jennifer Podemski

    Jennifer Podemski

    Minnie Mahikan

  4. Luke Kirby

    Luke Kirby

    Russell Carter

  5. Jordan Prentice

    Jordan Prentice

    Warren Fensky

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Status Released

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  • November 22, 2013
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 39m

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