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A SPORTING CHANCE ON FILM: INDIAN HORSE

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Presented by Darwin Festival and Deckchair Cinema

An adaptation of Ojibway Richard Wagamese’s novel, Indian Horse follows the life of a Canadian First Nations boy as he survives an oppressive residential school and life in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism. A talented ice hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. No matter how good at ice hockey he is, he’ll always be seen as second class because of his Indigenous heritage.

Two magnificent feature films will have their Northern Territory debuts as part of A Sporting Chance on Film. Both are centred around the true stories of First Nations sportsmen, but the stories are told in dramatically different ways. Powerful and captivating, they each use the thrilling energy of sport to take the viewer beyond the field and the rink and into a zone of empathy and understanding. Join us before each screening for free live music performed by local artists.

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