Mother Tongue Film Festival: "Blood Quantum"
February 22, 2020
NYU Washington, DC hosted a screening of Blood Quantum as part of The Smithsonian’s Mother Tongue Film Festival in conjunction with the Québec Government Office in Washington.
The Mother Tongue Film Festival celebrates cultural and linguistic diversity by showcasing films and filmmakers from around the world over four days of free screenings in Washington, D.C. This year the festival took place from February 20-23, 2020. Since 2016, the annual festival has celebrated International Mother Language Day on February 21. This was the fifth annual festival.
In Blood Quantum, the dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. Traylor, the local tribal law enforcement, armed with nothing but a gun, a hangover, and a six-pack, must protect his son’s pregnant girlfriend, apocalyptic refugees, and the drunken reserve riff raff from the hordes of walking corpses infesting the streets of Red Crow.
Disclaimer: This film contains strong bloody violence and is not suitable for younger audiences.
Please note that this program may have been filmed and/or photographed.
*Registration for this event was recommended though not required. Admission for the film was free; tickets were prioritized for registrants before being released to non-registrants on a first-come-first-served basis at 7:45 p.m.
Blood Quantum - Trailer
Director: Jeff Barnaby
Languages: Mi’gmaq, English
Runtime: 96 min.
Category: Narrative Feature