| Our Rating:
L Factor: Major lesbian character
Short Take: A First Nations lesbian leads the Indian Posse in a Winnipeg gang war.
Duration: 93 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Noam Gonick
Writer: Noam Gonick, David McIntosh
Starring: Kyle Henry, Deena Fontaine, Ryan Rajendra Black, Joseph Mesiano, Nancy Sanderson, Dominique Remy Root, Nick Ouellette, Joy Keeper, Dylan Mowatt, Devon Kilmoury, Joseph Mousseau, Aeon Stanisforth, Harley Dawes, Rodney Contois, Eric Starr
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In the impoverished north end of Winnipeg, Canada, two rival street gangs compete for control over the neighborhood. Omar (Ryan Black, ‘Wonderfalls’), of mixed blood, leads the Asian Bomb Squad. ABS’s lives on top are soon to end though, as the Indian Posse focuses on making the area Native Land again. Mama Ceece (Deena Fontaine) has just been released from jail, and she and her boys are ready to take control.
What is a bit remarkable about this turf war is that a group of MTF native transsexuals are considered part of the prime group that each gang wants on their side, as drug runners and as prostitutes. Writer/director Noam Gonick sees ‘two-spirited people’ as part of a rebirth of ancient traditions, and Daisy (Joseph Mesiano), one of the trannies, is the one really good person in the film.
Mama Ceece is a very out lesbian, fondling her girlfriend Ruby (Nancy Sanderson) in front of the boys and even feigning to teach some of them how to use their tongues on a woman. It’s bisexual Ruby who also becomes a key prize in the fight.
Much of the conflict is witnessed through the eyes of the Stryker (Kyle Henry), a nickname for a young gang wannabee. Fresh from the rez, he tries to find his place in a very rough world, and he chooses arson as his instrument of justice.
It’s full of characters not seen elsewhere, with a great Native hip hop soundtrack. From the moment of the opening credits, the film is firmly placed in the context of the Native struggle, and it is a unique viewing experience. Amateur acting and low budget fight scenes do make for some problems, and some segments are over the top. (AB)