Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021



Year: 2019
Country: CANADA
Run Time: 117 minutes


Mikuan and Shaniss have been best friends— practically sisters—since they were little girls, growing up on an Innu reserve near northeastern Quebec. While their lives have been intimately intertwined, they have also been drastically different. For instance, after Mikuan brought Shaniss along on her family’s fishing trip, Shaniss asked Mikuan to help move her intoxicated mother from the kitchen floor to the bedroom. Still, the two promise to never be apart and, so far, have kept their word. Now, at 16, Shaniss has a baby with her abusive boyfriend. And Mikuan, taking her first writing workshop outside the reserve, has met a cute Quebecois boy named Francis. Can Mikuan and Shaniss’s friendship sustain the tensions between their close-knit, albeit troubled, community and the prospects of life outside the reserve? Myriam Verreault’s KUESSIPAN—based on Naomi Fontaine’s novel of the same name (meaning “It’s your turn” in Innu) —is a heartrending portrait of the Innu people and a relatable depiction of two teens on the verge of adulthood. (In French and Innu with subtitles) — E.B.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM ET

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:05 PM ET

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Women of the World

International Narrative Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman


Myriam Verreault

Félize Frappier, Sylvie Lacoste, Réginald Vollant

Myriam Verreault, Naomi Fontaine

Nicolas Canniccioni

Amélie Labrèche, Myriam Verreault, Sophie Leblond

Principal Cast
Sharon Fontaine-Ishpatao, Yamie Grégoire, Étienne Galloy, Cédrick Ambroise, Caroline Vachon, Mike Innu Papu McKenzie, Douglas Grégoire, Brigitte Poupart

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Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center

Greater Cleveland Interfaith Alliance

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