Yvette Wong, a young Chinese and Cree heritage girl, lives in a small 1960s Saskatchewan town. Yvette’s mother, Katherine, discourages Yvette from embracing her Cree lineage, so she explores her ancestry in secret. Following a tragedy in her family, Yvette’s attitude towards her Indigenous identity grows more complex.
In her newfound friendship with Maggie, Yvette finds refuge and understanding. As her confidence blooms, Yvette is faced with another reality of her indigenous ancestry—prejudice and disdain from her classmates. Despite taunting classmates and discouraging teachers, Yvette stands resolute in her aspirations to become a doctor. Based on true events and Kenneth T. Williams’ play of the same name, Café Daughter is an inspiring and beautiful coming-of-age film.
Discussion with director Shelley Niro, moderated by Adriana Greci Green (VAFF).
Saturday, October 28
Violet Crown 4
Director: Shelley Niro
Runtime: 97 min.
Featuring: Violah Beauvais, Star Slade, Sera-Lys McArthur, Billy Merasty