High-school social pressure is hard enough to navigate for 12-year-old Mylia, but the backdrop of tension between white and First Nations students in this small Québec town makes it harder.
Caught between her own insecurities and the pressure from her new schoolmates to fit in, 12-year-old Mylia (Emilie Bierre) is having trouble figuring out who she is and where she belongs. After a shaky past, enrolling at a new school in a new neighborhood is less of a fresh start and more of a terrifying new risk. However, her fear of being bullied again is matched only by her fear of not fitting in, so when she's befriended by the confident and popular Jacinthe (Cassandra Gosselin-Pelletier), she ignores all red flags and dives headfirst into a new lifestyle of teen partying, sex, and popularity contests. Mylia also meets Jimmy (Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie), a First Nations boy considered an outsider by the cool kids at their school. As her friendship with Jimmy blossoms, it begins to heavily clash with her new social standing, which, when paired with her troubled family life, provides the perfect stage for disaster. A slightly harsher Eighth Grade with more of a cultural and social-justice focus, A Colony is an emotionally sensitive look at teenage peer pressure, prototypical familial expectations, internalized racism, and the traumatic circumstances that often push teens into adulthood long before they're ready.
Canadian film director and photographer Genevieve Dulude-De Celles received undergraduate and graduate degrees in filmmaking from the Universite du Quebec a Montreal after teaching cinematography at a French school in Bucharest, Romania. Focused primarily on documentary filmmaking, she co-founded the Quebec-based production company "Colonelle Films." Une Colonie (2019) is her first feature.
Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada, Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles, The Seattle Times
- Original Language Title: Une Colonie
- Director: Genevieve Dulude-De Celles
- Principal Cast: Emilie Bierre, Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie, Irlande Cote, Cassandra Gosselin Pelletier, Noemie Godin-Vigneau, Robin Aubert
- Premiere Status: Seattle Premiere
- Country: Canada (Québec)
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 102 minutes
- Producer: Sarah Mannering, Fanny Drew
- Screenplay: Genevieve Dulude-De Celles
- Cinematographers: Lena Mill-Reuillard, Etienne Roussy
- Editors: Stephane Lafleur
- Music: Mathieu Charbonneau
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2019 (Best Feature Film); Whistler Film Festival 2018 (Best Canadian Feature, Performance, Direction); Canadian Screen Awards 2019 (Best Film, Actress, First Feature); Québec City Film Festival 2018 (Grand Prix)
- Filmography: Debut Feature Film
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Indie Sales