Festival Premiere

LIVE ACTION | Canada | 24 MINUTES | English


Rose is the story of a sixteen-year-old pregnant Indigenous girl, pulled from her community and placed in a church to be overseen in her last weeks of pregnancy. When she delivers her child, it will be taken from her and put into a Canadian home by decree of an Indian Agent, Angus O’Byrne. Rose harbours a secret, and will not tell anyone the identity of the baby’s father—not even her family. It is later revealed that the father of her child is a young Mohawk man named Michael who wants to keep the child in the community.


Directed by Roxann Whitebean

Roxann Whitebean is from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawà:ke and a member of the Wolf Clan. She began her career on APTN’s television series, Mohawk Girls, as an assistant director.

She made her directorial debut in 2014 with financial assistance
from the Canada Council for the Arts to produce Legend of the Storm. In 2016, she opened a production company called Whitebean Media Arts, which has been producing work for CBC’s digital platform; Thunder Blanket, Karihwanoron: Precious Things and Little Hard Knox, available to stream online.

She won the best drama pitch prize at the 2015 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts festival and was selected by the Whistler Film Festival as an Aboriginal Fellow. She is a National Screen Institute Alumni, where she produced Flat Rocks, which will air on APTN in 2018.

In 2017, she wrote and directed 10 episodes of a 20-part children’s series for Apartment 11 Productions called Raven’s Quest for TVO Kids, now in its second season. Her most recent work is The Paradigm, which had its world premiere at the L.A Skins Film Festival in Hollywood. She was a nominee for Hot Doc’s Lindalee Tracey emerging artist award and a recipient of the Reveal Indigenous Arts Awards as well as a profiled artist in the 2017 fall issue of Playback Magazine entitled “Talent on the Rise.” A recent achievement is that she was selected as a ‘Top 25” in the Diversity of Voices initiative hosted by the BANFF World Media Festival.


Roxann Whitebean


Jason Brennan


Roxann Whitebean


Tunchai Redvers, Passion Diabo, Alex Rice, Masha Peter, Jacob Whiteduck-Lavoie

On Sale March 5th
Streaming on Red Nation Television Network

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