Short Film: THE COLD (IOWÍSTO), 8min., Canada, Drama

The Cold, translated to Iowísto in Mohawk, written by Jesse Menard features a young Indigeouns family living in Northern Ontario with a few of their friends who have taken refuge at their farmhouse in efforts to escape the virus spreading fast in the city. A traditional tea recipe in the family passed down to Machk, Pete and Tapeesa keeps the group healthy – it’s not a cure, but the herbs are medicine that builds immunity to the virus. Tapeesa and her two half brothers, Machk and Pete, have different views about sharing the recipe. Upon discovering that their neighbours, the Merciers, have fallen ill, Tapeesa wants to share the family recipe with them – especially since the neighbour’s son, Andrew, is her boyfriend. The two families have a long history fueled by petty allegations that go generations back. Machk and Pete have no desire to help the Merciers, forcing Tapeesa to make a difficult decision – sneak the herbs to the Merciers. This plan didn’t go accordingly; now ill and desperate, her return over a year later comes with surprises.

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