Going to watch the movie Indian Horse may bring up many different emotions. It is a wonderful movie and it did my heart good to see First Nations actors bravely telling our story about Residential School.
I watched a screening of the movie as an Orange Shirt Society Board Member. We were requested to screen the movie before release. I am a Residential School Survivor and it brought back a lot of troubling memories. At the end of the movie, I was so angered and sad that I cried big messy tears. I was very fortunate to be with two supportive and understanding friends who sat with me and listened as I talked about my experience.
You too may feel intense emotions such as shame, fear or sadness after seeing it. Many people have a lot of anger in seeing the movie. We may have attended Residential School or be related or know someone who attended this movie.
Your body may experience trembling, pounding heart or feeling choked up. We are learning about how memories are intergenerational and some of the emotions and heaviness you are feeling may not belong wholly to you but you may be carrying them for The People.