Don’t Say Its Name: Horror In A World Rarely Seen—Fantasia Review

Don’t Say Its Name, directed by Reuben Martell and written by Reuben Martell and Gerald Wexler, played at Fantasia Film Festival. The film follows a small Indigenous community at odds about a mining company, WEC, drilling on tribal land. When an activist dies in an unsolved hit-and-run, and WEC starts their work, mysterious murders follow. It’s up to local peace officer Mary Stonechild (Madison Walsh) and Park Ranger Stacey Cole (Sera-Lys McArthur) to stop whoever or whatever is wreaking havoc in the community. Don’t Say Its Name shows us horror through the tales and culture of the Indigenous community. It’s a unique horror lens, and the story, execution feel like Wolfen meets Predator.

Sundance Review: Summer of Soul (…Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Is The Festival We Deserve

Summer of Soul is Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s (member of The Roots, filmmaker, producer, DJ) directorial debut and it is brilliant. Even during the pandemic, we had no reprieve from being targeted by police for violence and politicians and a healthcare system that largely ignores us and this documentary gives us a glimpse of where we are by looking back at where we were. We are tired; tired of the violence, the erasure of our achievements, our voices, and our worth.