A Must See Film! Indian Horse Reveiw For the Afro News by Ariadne Sawyer, MA.






 Indian Horse  a must see  film will open in theatres across Canada on April 13, 2018.

This powerful  transformational film  is close to my heart because of the painful residential experiences that have touched our family due to ignorance , racism and lack of respect. The messages in it  can apply to all of us. Please go see this important film!

In late 1950s Ontario, seven year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage and he witnesses all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastimes — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself how to not only play but develops a unique and rare skill. It’s as if he has eyes in the back of his head and can see the game in a way no other player can. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul’s past will always haunt him. Forced to confront painful memories and revelations, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to gain the compassion he so sorely needs in order to begin healing. Indian Horse is a survivor’s tale that foregrounds the indomitable spirit of North America’s Indigenous peoples in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism.

Based on the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese, INDIAN HORSE will open in theatres across Canada on April 13, 2018.  Recounting the story of Saul Indian Horse and his remarkable journey from a northern Ojibway child torn from his family and placed in one of Canada’s notorious Catholic residential schools, to a man who ultimately finds his place in the world, Richard Wagamese’s best-selling novel rose to critical acclaim when first published in 2012.

Shot on location in Sudbury and Peterborough, Ontario, INDIAN HORSE stars Canadian newcomers Sladen Peltier and Ajuawak Kapashesit who, along with Forrest Goodluck (THE REVENANT), portray title character, Saul Indian Horse, at the three stages of his life. The film also stars Michiel Huisman (GAME OF THRONES, THE AGE OF ADALINE) and Michael Murphy (FALL, AWAY FROM HER, X-MEN) and features a compelling performance by newcomer Edna Manitowabe. A residential school survivor herself,  Manitowabe brings a soulful presence as Saul’s indomitable grandmother.


  • Kamloops  Film Festival – Most Popular Film Award & Audience Choice Award

  • Victoria Film Festival – Cineplex Entertainment Audience Favourite

  • Available Light Film Festival – Audience Choice, Best Canadian Fiction

  • Vancouver International Film Festival – Super Channel People’s Choice Award

  • Calgary International Film Festival – Audience  Favourite, Narrative Feature

  • Edmonton International Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature

  • Cinéfest Sudbury –  Runner up, Audience Choice Award – Best Feature Film

About Elevation Pictures:

Founded in 2013, with finance partner Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures, Elevation Pictures has established itself as one of Canada’s leading film and television companies. Elevation’s team of seasoned production and distribution executives are committed to bringing an elevated and robust film and television slate to audiences.

Sources:  Many thanks to Elevation Pictures, and also the great help of Carrie Wolfe, publicist.

Some additional information about the film is below and you can also learn more at www.Indianhorsefilm.com.

A special note from  a friend of Richard Wagamese.

“When I meet him he was sleeping under bridge- he learned to put it all down on paper. A wonderful guy. Moved  to Kamloops through hockey system Meet our people through hockey. Came to terms with the past, and used his talent to create books.”  Ken Michel, his friend.


Thanks to the Afro News for this reprint.

World Poetry Celebrates The Portrait of a Verse, a Fusion Book from India!










Ariadne’s Notes:  On April 5. 1:30 PM, PST, The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Celebrated the launch of a beautiful  book by  poetess Preeta Chandran and  Artist Pankaj Rohilkhandvi. This is an exquisite book which  brings poetry and art together. We are honoured to feature them below.












Preeta Chandran is a fusion expert and a writer and poet, and the author of the books, ‘The Painted Verse’ and ‘The Portrait of a Verse’. She has been featured and published in a large number of International and Indian anthologies by prestigious organizations like The Poetry Society of India, Hidden Brook Press of Canada, Cultural Centre of Vijaywada, Guntur Poetry Festival, AuthorsPress, Galerie MP Tresart (Canada) and newspapers like the Hans India. She has won awards from popular literary journal Muse India, been featured in fusion exhibitions in international galleries like Galerie MP Tresart (Canada), and her haikus have won the best haiku prize in The Hindustan Times Brunch Haiku contests. She works as an Assistant Vice President in a renowned global corporation. She is a B.Sc (Hons.) in Chemistry, an MBA, and has received an honorary doctorate and is pursuing a PhD in Management.www.preetawriter.com

Here are some of the poems and example of the book.

I am – 

The wind, the fire, 

The mountain, the speck of earth, 

The form, the formless, 

The thought, the inconceivable. 


Autumn rainbow – 

Father painting, 

Bridge of hope. 


Paper planes – 

Young dreams, loaded, 

Ready to take flight. 



You and me, 

Gazing at the horizon, 

I look back at our footprints in the sand, 

And wish that, 

Time would stand still. 


Pankaj Rohilkhandvi is an artist and painter, and Fusion expert, whose work has found a place of pride in both Indian and International art galleries. He is the co-author/artist of the books, ‘The Painted Verse’ and ‘The Portrait of a Verse’. His work has been displayed in exhibitions at Emmaus Gallery (Milan, Italy), Galerie MP Tresart (Canada), Lokayakta Art Gallery (Hauz Khas Village), India Habitat Centre, Habitat World, Canvas Art Gallery (Nehru Place), Academy of Art and Design (New Delhi) and Uttar Pradesh Kala Academy (Bareilly). He has designed numerous book covers for eminent authors. His work has won several awards and he has been featured in newspapers like The Hindustan Times. He works as an Assistant Vice President in a reputed global organization. He is a Bachelor of Sciences, an MBA, and has received an honorary doctorate.www.artistpankaj.com

Fusion of Art and Poetry

Together, Preeta and Pankaj have been working in the field of fusion of art and literature. Their book, The Painted Verse, was a first step in this direction. They are soon coming out with their second book, The Portrait of a Verse, in which multilingual poet Marcela Villar is also doing the Spanish translation of the poetry. They have participated in numerous fusion exhibitions, including ‘Soleil d’hiver’ by Galerie MP Tresart, Canada, Fused-Unfused, at All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, a fusion anthology ‘Et si les mots parlaient’ by Galerie MP Tresart, among others.


In Feb 2017, they were invited to the International Kolkata Book Festival, where they spoke about the evolution of fusion, works of artists like Picasso in the field of fusion, and its present form. Their session was covered by Doordarshan (DD News).


World Poetry Celebrates a CD Launch by the Wonderful Laura Kelsey!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show was honoured to welcome the wonderful Laura Kelsey and her band in a special CD Launch April 5, 1:10 PM on CFRO, 100.5 PM . She sent some examples from her book, 12 Dresses and told how the photographs were made. Tam from Thailand sends thanks to her for answering a question about music , solo performances and bands.

Another special event World Poetry Cafe Book Launch with e-poet Preeta Chandran and artist Pankaj Rohilkhandvi with their fusion book, The Portrait of a Verse. We also had long time member, Anita Aguirre Nieveras on the show reading her poems in Tagalog and English and talking about her life. E-poets: Kezang Dawa  from Bhutan and others. Great thanks to Kerry Buckner for being the sound engineer when I hosted from home.









Laura Kelsey, poetess, singer, songwriter, musician , mother and much more!


Laura writes: 

This is the link for 12 Dresses: http://issuu.com/hollowearthworks/docs/12dresses

I’ve also attached a photo of the smoke coming out of the abyss that we mentioned.

This is the link to listen to/buy the Dispell album: http://dispellband.bandcamp.com

Here are also some video links too!:
Peace Is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr0N_e-E3Sg

Feed Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMN–xXC8Ug

Album purchase link: http://dispellband.bandcamp.com

Band bio:

Since 2013, Dispell has been writing and playing punch-funk power-blues rock in Vancouver, B.C.; and released their first album The Quick Fix in February 2018. During their time playing live, they performed at venues such as The Railway Club, Fairview and Pat’s Pub. Their song themes range from societal issues; love lost and found; and Skeena Street.