On the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake, outside of Montreal, there are two unspoken rules: don’t marry a white person, and don’t have a child with one. The consequences of ignoring these rules can be dire — loss of membership on the reserve for yourself and your child. For those who incur them, the results can be devastating.
In this honest and affecting doc, filmmaker Tracey Deer follows the stories of four Kahnawake women whose lives have been affected by these rules, shedding light on contemporary Indigenous identity and asking questions about how we all understand who we are.
With her own family as a poignant case study, Deer’s film will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever thought about ethnicity, culture or their place in the world.