It opens in cinemas on Friday.
What it seeks to share goes back centuries.
It’s called Chaakapesh and if ever a film combined big-time talent with a generous helping of soul, it’s this one.
Here’s the trailer.
The film is about a lot of things, not the least of which is the story of how Maestro Kent Nagano led his Montreal Symphony Orchestra on a tour of Quebec’s Great North to visit Cree, Innu and Inuit communities.
Their stated aim: “To share an Indigenous chamber opera whose mission is to teach white men how to laugh, and therefore love more.”
This story begins in the spring of 2018 when Nagano and his MSO announce their plan to tour the chamber opera Chaakapesh: The Trickster’s Quest, the story of the hero who founded the Innu people.
At each stop of the tour, a local Indigenous artist joined the orchestra on stage to perform during a show within the show.
Lest anyone thinks making a film like this is easy, think again.
It is co-written, co-directed and produced by Roger Frappier, who has done nothing but win awards in all phases of show business over the past 50 years.
His co-writer and co-director is Justin Kingsley, a man I encountered many, many years ago when we were both starting out in radio.
Kingsley is one of those high-energy beings who just gets things done.
He did back then, and he’s still doing it now.
I spoke by phone with him today.Listen