Monkey Beach is an important Canadian novel. Winner of the Ethel Wilson Prize, it tells the story of a young Haisla woman who returns home to Kitamaat after her brother goes missing under mysterious circumstances. Upon her return, she begins to unravel her own past and examine her ancestral supernatural powers to communicate with spirits and the dead.
This premise is ripe for adaptation, and the only surprising thing is that it hasn’t happened sooner. That it has happened now –with an all First Nations cast and a First Nations director– is for the better, though.Continue reading “VIFF Review: ‘Monkey Beach’ offers gorgeous looks at both scenery and culture”