Festival Premiere

FEATURE | Canada | 88 MINUTES | English

Broken Angel

ANGEL, mother to TANIS, escapes into the night from her abusive partner EARL to a women’s shelter on the reservation. As the prospect of a new beginning comes to light, he tracks her down and she is forced to flee or fight.


Directed by Jules Arita Koostachin

Born in Moose Factory Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and also with her mother in Ottawa, a warrior of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, the Ancestral lands of the MoshKeKo AsKi InNiNeWak. She resides in Vancouver with her family. She completed her PhD with GRSJ at the University of British Columbia, her research MooNaHaTihKaaSiWew: Unearthing Spirit focuses on Indigenous documentary methodologies.

In 2010, she completed her masters at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded the Award of Distinction for her thesis work, as well as the Graduate Ryerson Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. While in graduate school, she produced her first feature documentary film Remembering Inninimowin regarding her journey of remembering Cree. After graduation, Jules was one of six women selected for the Women in the Directors Chair program, where she directed a scene from her feature Broken Angel. Her script was also selected for the TIFF’s filmmaker lab, as well as the Whistler’s Screenwriting lab where she worked with story editor/screenwriter Dennis Foon. She is also part of the Blackmagic Collective Breakthrough Initiative in LA. Jules is ACTRA, and a DGC member.

Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has a number of films and other media works in development. Her television series AskiBOYZ (2016) co-produced with Big Soul Production is currently being aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in both Cree and English. In 2017, she released her documentary NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart and her second CBC short OshKiKiShiKaw: A New Day was released in the spring of 2019. Her third award winning documentary KaYaMenTa: Sharing Truths about Menopause was released in the summer of 2020. Over the years, she has released a number of other films/projects including Butterfly Monument (2017) about her relation, the late Shannen Koostachin with co-director/producer Rick Miller. Her award-winning narrative film OChiSkwaCho premiered at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and screened at several other festivals worldwide. Jules is in post-production with her next narrative short MisTik and her feature drama Broken Angel. She is development with her next features Angela’s Shadow and KaTaWaSiSin. She is in production with her NFB feature documentary WaaPiiKee and in development with Soapbox Production with Chubby Cree.

Jules was the Indigenous Storyteller in Residence with the Vancouver Public Library where she further developed her poetry, and soon after, Unearthing Secrets, Gathering Truths (2018) was published with Kegedonce Press. Jules will currently writing her novel Moccasin Souls. Jules is represented by The Characters in Vancouver, and is the voice of Layla (Mom) on the new PBS Kids/CBC Kids animated series Molly of Denali. Jules is also represented by Lucas Talent for writing and directing. She carries extensive knowledge working in Indigenous community in several different capacities and these community experiences feed her arts practice.


Jules Arita Koostachin


Patti Poskitt, Jules Arita Koostachin


Jules Arita Koostachin


Sera-Lys McArthur, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Carlo Marks, Asivak Abraham Koostachin, Olivia Lucas

Ticket at Theater Door / Will Call List


Wednesday, March 8

Red is Green Carpet: 8:00
Screening: 8:30 to 10:30pm


Fine Arts Theatre

8556 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


Beverly Hills City Garage
321 S La Cienega Blvd

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