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Run Time: 107 minutes
In Indigenous communities, the term “two-spirit” is used to describe individuals who have both a masculine and a feminine spirit within one body. Lincoln, a two-spirit teenager of Mi’kmaw heritage, has grown up estranged from both his Native community and his gender and sexual identities. Raised with his half-brother by an abusive father, Lincoln has been told his entire life that his Mi’kmaw birth mother is dead. Upon discovering unopened letters from her that his father kept hidden for years, Lincoln runs away, embarking on a long journey to find his mother. Along the way, Lincoln crosses paths with Pasmay who, as an openly two-spirit Mi’kmaw, embodies everything that Lincoln is trying to hide within himself. What starts as a mission to track down his mother gradually transforms into a beautiful voyage of self-discovery. Set in the wild Indigenous lands of Nova Scotia, WILDHOOD is a powerful and poignant coming-of-age film about love, community, and self acceptance. —G.S.
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 10:05 PM
Saturday, April 02, 2022 at 2:20 PM
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
International Narrative Competition
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