What to watch: Wildhood
Written and directed by Bretten Hannam, Wildhood gives us the story of Link.
In a rural east-coast trailer park, Link lives with his toxic father and younger half-brother Travis. When Link discovers his Mi’kmaw mother could still be alive, it lights a flame and they make a run for a better life. On the road, they meet Pasmay, a powwow dancer drawn to Link. As the boys journey across Mi’kma’ki, Link finds community, identity and love in the land where he belongs.
“Wildhood is a story ripped from the scars of my youth…” explains Bretten Hannam – writer and director of the film. “I’ve been searching for family and heritage since I was little. The pain and anger of growing up as a two-spirit person without them was only eased by my relationship with the land, the animals, my grandmother, and other elders. I’ve spent three decades reconnecting, reclaiming, and healing. Wildhood is the culmination of that journey. Set mostly outdoors in rural Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia during the height of summer WILDHOOD reflects our collective need for adventure, building community, fighting for our freedoms, and healing through reconnecting with the land.”
The cast includes Phillip Lewitski, Avery Winters-Anthony, and Joshua Odjick.
Wildhood is distributed by Peccadillo Pictures and is now available on DVD and online
In the film, Pasmay and Link form a romantic relationship culminating in what many people are describing as one of the hottest coming of age gay sex scenes ever filmed.