Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, who is best known for her work on the ARRAY title The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, is out to take down the system in the Indigenous sci-fi thriller Night Raiders.
The film marks directorial debut from award-winning Saskatchewan-born Cree/Métis writer/director, Danis Goulet (Wakening, Barefoot) and takes place in 2043. A military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. Children are property of the State. A desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes to infiltrate a State children’s academy and get her daughter back.
Night Raiders was selected for the International Financing Forum at TIFF 2018, and the Sundance Institute’s Talent Forum in 2019. It makes history as the first Canada and New Zealand co-production in the Canadian film industry.
Tailfeathers is joined by Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Burden of Truth), New Zealand’s Alex Tarrant (Seachange, When We Go to War), Shaun Sipos (Krypton, Dark Matter), and Emmy and Tony Award-winning Amanda Plummer (Hunger Games, Pulp Fiction).
The producers are Paul Barkin (The Colony, Amreeka, Firecrackers) for Alcina Pictures; Tara Woodbury (Transplant, The Underground) for Uno Bravo; Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle vs Shark, The Breaker Uppers) and Georgina Condor (Cousins, The Breaker Uppers, She Shears) for Miss Conception Films/Whenua Films; co- produced with Chelsea Winstanley (Jojo Rabbit, Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen, What We Do in the Shadows) for Defender Films (NZ). Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarock, What We Do in the Shadows), Defender Films serves as executive producer, as do Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving of Eagle Vision, Tim White of Southern Light Films (New Zealand) and Noah Segal and Adrian Love of Elevation Pictures (Canada). Night Raiders is distributed in Canada by Elevation Pictures. XYZ Films is handling international sales.
Watch the trailer above and check out the poster below.