GINTA – The beauty and necessity of a story well told


I HAVE BEEN looking forward to seeing the movie Indian Horse from the day my friend Richard mentioned the possibility of it happening. That was a few years ago. He was humbled and beyond happy. He was giddy with joy, and who could fault him for that.

The book carries a powerful story within it, anyone who has read it knows that. Though fictional, much of what lives on those pages pertains to heartbreaking true stories that residential school survivors in Canada have lived through.

Also, to the racism that still lives and breathes in our society. As for the optimistic view that racism is almost a thing of the past, let’s not kid ourselves.

We’re still handling it like a hot potato, which is why Richard Wagamese’s books and others like it are needed. Moreover, they are vital.

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1 Comment on GINTA – The beauty and necessity of a story well told

  1. The book and the movie were powerful. I’ve seen the movie twice, including the Vanc. Film Festival last summer, and found myself dabbing my eyes both times.
    That Richard didn’t live to see it on the screen made it sadder.
    He deserves the praise and deserved to hear it.

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