The Indian Male

Dawn Dumont

2004, 15:47 minutes, colour, English


In this dark comedy, Chris Akapew, a Cree man, finds himself locked in an interrogation with no idea of how he got there, or even why he is there.

A Voice informs him that he has been
convicted of "being an Indian man." This entails four separate crimes:

1. failure to be a good role model
2. possession of an addictive personality
3. a penchant for blaming the government for his problems
4. an inability to commit to a single woman

Before Chris has time to absorb these accusations, the Voice informs him that the maximum sentence is
death and that he has only 1 minute to defend his life. At first, Chris refuses to go along with the "sentencing submissions" but then capitulates as his time runs out. He feverishly lists out his every good quality and all of his good deeds.

Afterwards, he is left to wait for the results. But Chris decides that he has had enough of being jerked around and stages his own trial.

The comedy, shot on mini dv, was inspired by Franz Kafka’s
The Trial.

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