Dance Me Outside

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Why it’s worth your time:

Part coming of age story, part murder mystery, Dance Me Outside offers a distinctly non-stereotypical depiction of First Nations youth. The story follows a group of friends on a reserve in Ontario, Canada after the murder of one of their friends, which affects each of them in different ways. When the victim’s accused murderer is set free, some of the members make a plan to get their own form of justice.

The takeaway:

An overlooked gem that doesn’t shy away from the issues that First Nations people still confront today, it also reaffirms the importance of culture, family and the close friendships that really sustain us.

Watch it with:

Anyone teenage and up, and perhaps particularly of interest to young people making that transition to adulthood.

Worth noting:

There’s one particularly bloody scene in this movie as well as one love scene (though not an overly graphic one by today’s standards). Neither is gratuitous and both move their respective plot lines forward.

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