Tkaronto is a provocative exploration of two Aboriginal thirty-somethings caught in the urban crossroads.
Ray (Duane Murray) and Jolene (Melanie McLaren) discover an unexpected connection when their paths cross in Tkaronto (the original Mohawk word for “Toronto”). Ray, a Métis writer, has come to Toronto to pitch his TV series, Indian Jones, which is promising to be the big break he needs, especially with a pregnant girlfriend back home. Jolene, a Los Angeles-based Anishnabe painter, is passing through Toronto to conduct an interview with a prominent elder, Max (played by Corner Gas’s Lorne Cardinal) and is suddenly taken aback when Max presents her with an eagle feather, an honour that she feels unworthy of.
As Ray faces his ambivalence about impending fatherhood and the prospect of selling his material to ignorant TV execs, Jolene grapples with self-doubt and struggles to finish her interviews with Max. An attraction between them develops as both are drawn together by a mutual search for meaning in their urban existence.
For Jolene and Ray home feels very far away. But through their chance meeting they reveal their hopes, dreams, fears and failures and realize their common struggle: to stake claim to their urban aboriginal identity.
2009 / Canada / Colour / English / 2.35 letterbox / Dolby Digital / 105 minutes
Director: Shane Belcourt
Cast: Duane Murray, Melanie McLaren, Lorne Cardinal
- Commentary with Shane Belcourt, Jordan O'Connor and Duane Murray
- Interviews with Melanie McLaren and Shane Belcourt
- Anatomy of the "Phone Call" scene
- Behind the scenes slide show with commentary by Melanie McLaren, Duane Murray, and Shane Belcourt
- Title Track music video
- Theatrical trailer
Product Number: KNS 50023
UPC Number: 8-81751-50023-6