Before the Streets

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Canada (Québec) | 2016 | 97 minutes | Chloé Leriche

Gripping and spiritual, the first film set among the Atikamekw communities of Québec, featuring an indigenous cast speaking in their native tongue, is the redemptive story of a young man who returns to his Native traditions after a robbery ends in tragedy.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

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Created in collaboration with Québec’s three Atikamekw communities, Chloé Leriche’s first feature is an engrossing character drama that explores the spectrum of guilt and redemption. Shawnouk (brilliantly played by Rykko Bellamare), a young man who lacks motivation, has lost the way of his people; he is at odds with his mother’s new policeman boyfriend despite the fact that he appears to be a positive addition to their family. One night his friend invites him along on a robbery that ends in tragedy, and Shawnouk quickly goes into hiding. Soon his family discovers that he is wanted for questioning by government authorities, and the First Nations community must race to find him and set him back on the right path before he is incarcerated. Raw, naturalistic performances, spectacular sound design (particularly in the nighttime sequences), and breathtaking camerawork weave Shawnouk’s story into an emotional knot that only he has the power to untie. The first dramatic feature filmed in the Atikamekw language, Before the Streets is a rare vision of a culture seldom seen in cinema and a powerful story of a community’s involvement in helping its young find their path.

Director Biography
Self-taught, Chloé Leriche has written, directed, edited, and produced indie short films, and her work has been screened at numerous international film festivals. While encouraging Native people to express themselves through documentary films and music videos, she started writing her first feature, Before the Streets, to involve Atikamekw communities in the filmmaking process.

Sponsored by Canada-America Society, Canadian Studies Center, Consulate General of Canada, Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles

  • Original Language Title: Avant les rues
  • Director: Chloé Leriche
  • Premiere Status: US Premiere
  • Country: Canada (Québec)
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Chloé Leriche
  • Screenplay: Chloé Leriche
  • Cinematographers: Glauco Bermudez
  • Editors: Chloé Leriche
  • Music: Robert Marcel Lepage
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Atikamekw, French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Wide Management