In New France before the Conquest, Marie, an Aboriginal slave, was the servant of the region’s surgeon. His daily life is bleak and alienating. The encounter with a little girl she imagines to be hers, however, will give her the motive to take radical action.


Directors: Julien G. Marcotte and Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush
Writer: Julien G. Marcotte in collaboration with Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush.
Distribution: Soleil Launière, Fred-Eric Salvail, Dorothée Gauthier-Nolett and Geneviève Boivin-Roussy
Production: Geneviève Gosselin-G.
Distribution & International Sales: Welcome Aboard
Cinematography: Nicolas Poitras-Gamache
Set Design: Rebecca Dory​
Sound: Devin Ashton-Beaucage
Editing: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Sound Design: Patrice LeBlanc

Festivals & Awards

  • Vancouver International Film Festival, 2023 (World Premiere)
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 2023

The Directors


Originally from the Innu community of Nutashkuan, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush is a director, artist, and translator. She has directed several short films, one of which won an award at the imagiNATIVE Festival in Toronto. Nika tshika uiten mishkut was presented in official competition at the International Documentary Meetings of Montreal (RIDM), at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal and at the Festival Regard sur le court-film in Saguenay. His latest film Tshima it (Amen) was selected at several festivals. In 2017, she participated in a collective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts entitled Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan. In 2022, she made La Forge – Édition 2022 and is in the middle of writing several projects.


Julien G. Marcotte is a screenwriter and director living in Montreal. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in film studies, he directed his first short film — Louise de 9 à 5 (2021). The film had its world premiere at the 22nd edition of the Off-courts Trouville festival and its Canadian premiere at the 50th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal. His artistic approach combines social issues, historical interpretation, and interpersonal conflicts.