Café Daughter

Café Daughter

Directed by: Shelley Niro
Suitable For: Grade 7+
Languages: English


PLOT : Café Daughter tells the story of a nine-year-old half-Chinese half-Cree girl, Yvette Wong. Yvette has always struggled with her identity and is trying to find her place in a small Saskatchewan community in the 1960s. At the same time, her mother passes away. Yvette’s mother always taught her children not to tell anyone they were Native Indian, as she believed that her children would have a better life. Yvette befriends Maggie Wolf, who is part Mi’kmaq. Maggie encourages Yvette to embrace her Cree identity. When Yvette’s ancestry is revealed, she comes face to face with discrimination. Through all of her turmoil, Yvette perseveres in order to pursue her dream of attending medical school and becoming a doctor.

Shelley Niro. Shelley Niro is a multi-disciplinary artist and a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Turtle Clan, and Bay of Quinte Mohawk and has worked in various media, including beadwork, painting, and film. Growing up, Niro was always interested in storytelling and would explore these interests with her family. Due to this experience, Niro finds ways to incorporate family into the art. Niro began delving more into films like Honey Moccasin (1998). Niro has been celebrated for her work and has presented films at prestigious festivals, such as the Venice Biennal and the Sundance Film Festival. Recently, Shelley Niro directed, wrote, and produced Café Daughter, a story about a young girl embracing her Cree ancestry.

Length 1h 37min
Year 2023

Cast Violah Beauvais, Star Slade, Sera-Lys McArthur, Billy Merasty,
Distribution Circle Blue Entertainment
Production Circle Blue Entertainment

  • April 9th, 2024
    10:15 AM
    Cineplex Yorkdale
    North York

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