(Jason Schaffer pictured 3rd from right. Photo submitted)
A Regina man is beaming with pride as his father’s book “Indian Horse” has been tuned into a movie. Jason Shaffer is the son of the late First Nations author Richard Wagamese who wrote the book several years ago.
“It’s about a hockey player that escapes to playing hockey to get past all the stuff that happened to him while he was in the residential schools,” explained Schaffer. “I think a lot of people know residential schools were a dark history of Canada that, for the longest time, was swept under the rug.”
The movie premiered at California’s American Indigenous and Indian Film Festival earlier this month and stars Ajuawak Kapashesit as adult Saul Iron Horse as he makes his way through hockey and life dealing with alcoholism and sterotypes. It’s directed Stephan Campanelli.
“The reason he made the movie was to bring that to light, to have people see that this is a real thing and here it is right in front of you for everybody to see that dark side,” added Schaffer.
Wagamese passed away in 2017 before he could see the launch of the movie so producers invited Schaffer to California to be there for the premiere of his Dad’s novel on the big screen.
“A lot of emotion,” chuckled Schaffer. “Even to this day if I was invited for something tomorrow to do a speech about it, I could guarantee I’d be up there and the water works would be going for sure.”
“Indian Horse” is now available on Blu Ray and DVD and Schaffer believes copies can be found at Sunrise Records store in Regina.
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