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Life imitates art in First Nation director's zombie apocalypse film

When Mi’gmaq filmmaker Jeff Barnaby was shooting the zombie thriller Blood Quantum in 2018, he knew he was addressing themes of First Nations sovereignty and the lasting impact of colonialism on his people. He didn’t know COVID-19 would come along and add its own voice to the conversation.

But sometimes life imitates art. In the film, a pandemic turns normal people into bloodthirsty zombies. For reasons unknown, First Nations people are immune. So the inhabitants of the Red Crow reservation – played by Listuguj, a Mi’gmaq community in Quebec where Barnaby grew up – barricade a nearby bridge to keep out the “zeds.”


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