Shana: The Wolf's Music

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 13:00
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:00
Vancity Theatre
Vancity Theatre
1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Nino Jacusso
Switzerland, Canada

In English **

Twelve-year-old Shana is a talented musician who lives with her father on the Lower Nicola Indian Reserve near Merritt, B.C. Since the death of her mother, she has retreated into her own world, stopped going to school, and hardly ever plays her violin. Shana's life takes a decisive turn when her new teacher discovers her musical talent and registers her at a Vancouver music school. A few days before the entrance exam, Shana’s father sells the wolf’s head violin that her mother played. During her adventurous search to retrieve the violin, Shana plunges deeper and deeper into the forest, where she encounters the white wolf - and the spirits of her ancestors.

Themes: music, First Nations, spirituality, coming of age.

Recommended for ages 8+ or students in grades 5, 6 and 7

Note: On Sunday, April 6 at the Vancity Theatre a Ceremonial Welcome begins at 12 PM. There will be a Tsleil-Waututh welcome blessing, and a performance by the Tatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack). The director cast, crew and creative team of Shana: The Wolf's Music will be in attendance. Light snacks will be served. 

Presented with the generous assistance of and in partnership with the Consulate of Switzerland in Vancouver and the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission

Swiss Consulate

** There are a few lines in Nle'kepmxcin, the original language of the Nle'kepmx, the Interior Salish Nation. The filmmakers worked with the Lower Nicola Indian Band, the Scw'exmx, the People of the Creeks. It was a real community project and the film could not have been made without this partnership. Those lines are not subtitled because the context conveys the meaning and often the teacher or elder delivers the translation in the dialogue.


film program: 
Director's Photo: 
Nino Jacusso
Director's Bio: 
Born in 1955 in Acquaviva Collecroce, Italy, Nino Jacusso has both Swiss and Italian citizenship. From 1974 to 1978 he attended Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) in Munich. Since 1996, he has taught media education at schools and universities, and is an active member of The Magic Lantern, Solothurn.