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Genre: Horror

Don’t Say Its Name (BC Premiere! Featuring Director Q&A)

Don’t Say Its Name (BC Premiere! Featuring Director Q&A)

This small, snow-covered Indigenous community is about to see an upturn.

Mining company WEC has just made an agreement for drilling on this tribal land, and it’s looking like everyone will benefit – except the land itself. Local activist Kharis Redwater is one of those protesting the deal when her voice is silenced in a hit-and-run that remains unsolved. So as WEC begins their assault on the land, the land itself retaliates against WEC and all those who support it. But for local peace officer Mary Stonechild (Madison Walsh) and Park Ranger Stacey Cole (Sera-Lys McArthur), the answer to this mystery lies in the traditions of their people and the vengeance-filled spirits that have haunted the land for generations, about which the people know one rule: don’t say its name. With Julian Black Antelope, Samuel Marty.

Fantasia Film Festival 2021, Calgary International Film Festival 2021

“The excellent cast and chilly atmosphere take ‘Don’t Say Its Name’ further that you might expect…” (Dread Central)

“To experience this just as a monster movie is still to enjoy a fun ride. To appreciate its deeper resonance, well, that makes the difference between three stars and four.” (Eye For Film)

“Don’t Say Its Name isn’t just an activism film–it’s a pretty effective supernatural procedural, featuring a three-dimensional pair of law-women finding a way through a hostile universe.” (Film Freak Central)

“Provides a compelling and unique experience separate from a standard creature feature… DON’T SAY ITS NAME presents how the Cree community (and, by extension, all Native American communities) are more than capable of handling their own problems, just as Martell and his cast and crew are more than capable of making a film that stands out amongst the crowd and reimagines a traditional horror creature to boot.” (Daily Grindhouse)

This screening will be hosted by artist and broadcaster Tamara Bell (Haida Nation). Writer-director Rueben Martell (Cree Nation) will be joining us via Skype to talk about the film. Partial proceeds from this Orange Shirt Day screening will be directed to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

Thursday, September 30
Doors 6:30 pm | Movie 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Due to reduced capacity, advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <riomanagers@gmail.com> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

DON’T SAY ITS NAME (Rueben Martell, 2021 / 84 mins / PG) Shortly after Kharis Redwater, a native, anti-mining activist is killed in a mysterious hit and run, horrific, seemingly random murders start occurring in the snowfields of Kharis’ isolated reserve.

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