Fire Song

Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister's suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family's home and his own future.


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  • ★★★½ review by LilWins on Letterboxd

    this movie had kinda terrible acting, but so do most movies in Netflix's LGBTQ section.

    idk, it wasn't terrible & i didn't hate it, but i also didn't love it

  • ★★★★ review by zimmercj on Letterboxd

    I really liked this film, the production and story were not outstanding but there was something that just really caught my interest.

  • ★★★★ review by Cabby on Letterboxd

    A rough but candid portrayal of the struggles faced by First Nation people. This film offers a slightly different perspective as we follow the difficulties facing a two-spirited teenager as they try to decide what their future can be. 

    I'm not indigenous, so the often harsh and bleak truth presented wasn't as immediate to me as others in the audience. Seeing the film in Aotearoa / New Zealand was a special treat as the conversations that followed around Māori and Pasifika perspectives on similar issues, and the connection that can be made between indigenous people around the world through sharing stories was wonderful. 

    Not the slickest production and not a comfortable one but ultimately one about resilience and survival. These stories and perspectives are rare so taking the time to see this film would be of great value to everyone.

  • ★★★½ review by MaryAnn Johanson on Letterboxd

    A sensitive portrait, but often a wretched one, of young people at crossroads, set on a Canadian First Nations reservation but with resonance far beyond.

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  • ★★★★ review by Anglor B on Letterboxd

    An engaging and touching story. I believed that it was an honest portrayal of the lived experience of many people. I haven't seen a movie like it before and it presented a world I wasn't familiar with in a clear and caring way. For all of the sadness and emptiness I think the ending was respectful of the characters' journies.

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