Filmmakers of a bold Indigenous film on campus

By Costa Maragos Posted: November 25, 2015 2:30 p.m.

Award winning Filmmaker Sonia Bonspille-Boileau will be on campus to share her experience in the making of Le Dep.
Award winning Filmmaker Sonia Bonspille-Boileau will be on campus to share her experience in the making of Le Dep. Photo courtesy of Nish Media.

The U of R’s Film Department has collaborated with La Cité universitaire francophone and the Regina Public Library to bring the artistic team of the acclaimed Indigenous film, Le Dep, to Regina.

The film will be shown Thursday, November 26 on campus at La Rotonde (LI 216) and will feature a question and answer session with the filmmakers, Sonia Bonspille-Boileau and Jason Brennan.

“It truly makes a difference to have the filmmakers in attendance as the viewers tend to look at the film in a more engaged way, in dialogue with the filmmakers, so to speak,” says Dr. Christina Stojanova, associate professor in the Department of Film.

“It is all the more important for our film and media students to meet the filmmakers in person, but also our film alumni and certainly for our filmmaking colleagues. Le Dep is a true little gem, made for less than $225,000 and low-budget filmmaking is ‘the new normal’ now.”

The movie, set in a fictitious Quebec First Nations community, has been featured at prominent film festivals in North America, including the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.

“I saw the film last July at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, where it was met with great interest and applause, and I immediately decided to make everything possible to bring it to Regina. And thanks to the invaluable help of my colleagues from the film department, the team of La Cité universitaire francophone and Belinda New from Regina Public Library, the plan materialized,” says Stojanova.

“The artistry of Le Dep – especially for a first film – is impressive. But what really makes this film so special is its emotional and psychological realism, its bold sincerity and last but not least its masterfully built suspense.”
Le Dep (view the trailer here) is described as a psychological drama about Lydia, a young Innu woman, who regularly works at her father’s convenience store in a small First Nations community in Quebec.

The drama unfolds when near the end of her shift, Lydia is held-up at gunpoint. Complicating matters, Lydia recognizes the assailant. Before long, she must make a decision that will change the course of her life.

“A film by an Indigenous filmmaker with Indigenous actors, tackling serious Indigenous issues is still a precious rarity across Canada, and therefore is a source of inspiration for our Indigenous film students and alumni. Yet it is up to our Indigenous viewers to decide to what extent Le Dep relates to their life and I could only hope that they would find it as moving as I did,” says Dr. Stojanova.

Film Screening:     Le Dep
Date:                     Thursday, November 26
Time:                     2:30 pm – 4: 30 pm
Location:               La Rotonde (LI 216) Main Campus – U of R
                              Open to the public.

The filmmakers will return to campus November 27 to talk about ‘Micro-Budget Film-making, 2 pm – 4 pm in the Education Building (ED 113). The presentation is open to the public.

There will be two showings at the Regina Public Library November 26 at 9 pm and November 27 at 7 pm. The November 27th showing will feature a discussion with the filmmakers.