BEFORE THE STREETS
directed by Chloé Leriche
The first dramatic feature shot in the Atikamekw native language.
Shawnouk, a native teenager, kills a man during a robbery and flees into the forest. Deciding to return to his Atikamekw village in Québec (Canada), he tries to redeem himself using traditional cleansing rituals. Before the Streets celebrates the revival of native culture and its traditions.
DRAMA DCP/HD - 2016 - Canada - 97min
ORIGINAL TITLE AVANT LES RUES
CAST Rykko Bellemare, Kwena Bellemare Boivin, Jacques Newashish
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE Atikamekw
PRODUCED BY Les Films de l'Autre
Self-taught, Chloé Leriche has written, directed, edited and produced indie short films. Her work was screened at numerous international film festivals. Her film FRAGMENTS OU LETTRE À UN ALLEMAND (DONT JE SUIS AMOUREUSE EN SECRET) received an honorific mention for the Creation Prize 2004 at VideoForme (France).
LES GRANDS (The Schoolyard) was selected at the Toronto International Film Festival and revealed as one of TIFF's Canada’s Top Ten short films of 2007. In 2004, she started teaching filmmaking through Video Paradiso, working with Montreal's homeless people. From 2006 to 2013, she periodically worked in native communities through the Wapikoni mobile, a caravan equipped with cameras and editing suites. While encouraging native people to express themselves through documentary film and music videos, she started writing her first feature BEFORE THE STREETS , with the will to involve the Atikamekw communities in the filmmaking process.