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Night Raiders

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Canada, New Zealand

2021

1h 37m

Director Danis Goulet

Starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer

Genre Science Fiction

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In the year 2043, children are property of the State and put into forced-education camps. Niska, a Cree mother, is desperate to protect her daughter, but events force the two to separate, leading Niska to join a band of Cree vigilantes to get her daughter back.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz

With Night Raiders, Goulet can confidently claim to be today’s most effective practitioner of Indigenous sci-fi, a subgenre in which time-tested cinematic thrills – speculative fiction, violence, a heightened sense of style – act as Trojan Horses for themes that audiences might otherwise ignore. Everyone wins.
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The New York Times by Devika Girish

Goulet’s sleek, lo-fi world-building — decrepit gray cityscapes; fields covered with smoke-spewing factories — is more compelling than her storytelling, which grows increasingly predictable as Niska and the vigilantes plan a raid on Waseese’s academy. Yet the film’s use of clichés can also be thrillingly subversive at times.
60

Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

Although Goulet’s film is ultimately better at scene-setting than storytelling, the world she builds is a remarkably detailed, revealing reflection of our own.
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RogerEbert.com by Simon Abrams

I wanted to root for and care about the world of “Night Raiders,” but I never felt like Niska and her daughter said more about themselves than their predictable behavior advertised.
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Original-Cin by Thom Ernst

In drawing similes between the then and the now, Goulet juxtaposes history with prophecy. Using conventional science-fiction tropes—the collapse of society, a military state, dystopia, and unidentified flying orbs—she creates a sound case for entertainment to share the screen with stories that have meaning and social impact.

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