“First Nations filmmaker Mark Ennis (Maliseet Algonquian and a member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada) can now add ‘internationally-recognized’ to his resume as the Cine Las Americas film festival based in Austin, Texas will be showcasing his film, ‘Road of Iniquity’…Road of Iniquity tells the story of a young man who returns home after being released from prison. He struggles to gain a sense of normal life after prison, and gets caught in the middle of a conflict between two First Nations organized crime factions operating a lucrative drug trade through the U.S./Canadian border.” V. Schilling, ICTMN
Excerpt: Road of Iniquity, Highlights A Gritty World of Native Gangsters-Vicent Schilling, ICTMN
“Filmmaker Mark Ennis told ICMN in an email, Road of Iniquity is a film devoid of the persistent stereotypes of spirituality and stoicism that often plague Native characters represented in scripted entertainment.
‘My intent was to tell a story in a modern way, to offer a world where the Native characters are real people with the same universal wants, needs and desires as anyone else.’
‘Native people have been consistently essentialized as the ‘Other,’ which has given way to the continuing portrayal of Natives as mysterious, stoic beings—portrayals that scream of rote, one-note representations.’
The film features Native actors Justin Rain, Linsay Willier, Michael Lawrenchuk and Justin Courchene, and a song by A Tribe Called Red – ‘Burn Your Village to the Ground,’ as well as songs by Indigenous artists Leonard Sumner and Billy Joe Green.”