‘Beautiful act of reclamation’: Indigenous love and joy in the spotlight at TIFF 
‘Beautiful act of reclamation’: Indigenous love and joy in the spotlight at TIFF 

By Brittany Hobson THE CANADIAN PRESS Filmmakers are challenging the way Indigenous love stories have previously been portrayed with the release of two projects that explore romantic relationships and sensuality at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. In “Stellar,” from Anishinaabe writer and director, Darlene Naponse, two people seek comfort and connection during a single night in a dive bar as they watch the world outside of them rupture from a window. The film is an adaptation of Naponse’s short story by the same name and stars Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Braeden Clarke in the title roles of She and He. A single touch between the two characters sets off a cosmic connection. The film features minimal dialogue instead relying on physical contact to explore the two characters connection to each

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