First Stories – Two Spirited

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Two Worlds Colliding
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 11:45 AM
In January 2000, two police officers leave an Indigenous man to die, stranded in -20°C temperatures. He survives—but a grisly pattern emerges. This inquiry into the infamous Saskatoon "freezing deaths" exposes systemic injustice in a fractured community.
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Redux
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sharon A. Desjarlais
Producer(s):Bonnie Thompson
Executive Producer(s):Derek Mazur
Writer(s):Sharon A. Desjarlais
Cinematography:Patrick McLaughlin
Composer:Bull Horn


This short documentary presents the empowering story of Rodney "Geeyo" Poucette's struggle against prejudice in the Indigenous community as a two spirited person (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender). Geeyo registers as a dancer in the Kamloopa Powwow under the Jingle Dress category (normally reserved for women) to walk proudly while being true to one's spirit. NFB