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BLOOD QUANTUM

BLOOD QUANTUM

Jeff Barnaby · Canada · 2020 · 98 mins · 18A · English and Mi’gmaq with subtitles

Set in the 1980s, Blood Quantum revolves around a Mi’gmaq community on the cusp of what appears to be a zombie infestation. And for reasons that are initially not known, being of Indigenous descent renders one immune to the transformative powers of the undead. Fast forward a few months later, these Indigenous survivors bond together to form a safe haven in a ravaged post-apocalyptic world. Michael Greyeyes leads the cast as a disgruntled officer and father, who begrudgingly takes leadership of this newly founded community. The rest of the surviving community are played by a terrific ensemble of actors, including Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, and  Brandon Oakes. By embedding Indigenous oppression into the storyline, the film is elevated beyond an action packed thrill ride that on its own, would have made for a perfectly entertaining piece of cinema. Instead, we get something that’s both entertaining and subversively meaningful. The subtext of somehow finding strength in light of being forgotten and ignored, adds depth to a film about survival in an enlightening way. Layered on top of this is the definition of ‘blood quantum’ itself, which refers to a dated practice of quantifying someone’s Indigenous heredity, a measure that was historically used to determine one’s worth, or lack thereof.

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“One reason why Jeff Barnaby's First Nations zombie-fighting thriller Blood Quantum is so magnificent is because it blends a well-worn genre with a refreshing, lived-in sense of indigenous heritage.” Birth. Movies. Death.
“Blood Quantum is proof that the zombie genre still has plenty of unique stories to tell.” Cinema Axis
Cast Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck
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