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.
Myriam Verreault holds a bachelor’s degree from Université Laval, where she majored in film studies with a minor in history. After graduating from Cégep de Jonquière with a DEC in media arts and technology, she coordinated and directed a radio documentary series recorded in West Africa for Ados-Radio (Radio-Canada). Myriam Verreault is a co-founder of the Festival du film étudiant de Québec and of the Festival de films de Portneuf sur l’environnement. She has been a member of the board of the Spirafilm independent filmmakers’ cooperative during four years. She worked also as a property master and a freelance editor from her home studio.
Myriam Verreault scripted, co-directed, produced, and edited her first feature, West of Pluto. The film had its world premiere as the opening film of the Tiger Award competition at Rotterdam 2009 and went on to screen at some fifty festivals around the world, winning numerous prizes. Since then, she has directed several interactive works for the National Film Board of Canada. She also edited Québékoisie a feature documentary that explores the cultural legacy of Quebec’s First Nations. Kuessipan is her second feature film.
Bernard Gariépy Strobl
Stephen De Oliveira
Ariel Fontaine St-Onge
Mike Innu Papu Mckenzie