Outdigenous

Growing up in a mixed-race family, all Dora ever wanted was to be just like everybody else. But when her parents die in a freak shark-related weather incident, leaving her responsible for her two younger sisters, she discovers that standing out in the real world takes more than fitting in.

Creative team

Writer/director: Frances Koncan

Filmmaker’s statement

Growing up a very pale Anishinaabe-Slovenian child, I got a lot of grief from traditionalists and deserters alike for alternately between ‘too white’ or ‘not white enough.’

Raised as a Roman Catholic, just like the colonizers had intended, I spent most of my childhood trying to fit in and be as white as humanly possible. It wasn’t until adulthood that I started questioning the Judeo-Christian values that permeated my entire life and became the decolonizing feminist so many people are annoyed by today!

Embarking on a journey to reclaim my culture, I encountered huge backlash from every community I was member of, each disgruntled about one thing or another about what I was doing and who I was becoming.

Being simultaneously half of everything and half of nothing, you never quite fit in anywhere, and this film was an exploration of the vastness of the inbetweenness, where many of us struggle silently to find a place to fit in.

About Frances Koncan

Frances Koncan

Frances Koncan is a female Anishinaabe-Slovenian writer and director from Couchiching First Nation. She studied at the University of Manitoba (BA psychology) and the City University of New York Brooklyn College (MFA playwriting).

Theatre credits include, as director: Seminar (apprentice, MTC/Mirvish), Lingua Franca, After the Ball is Over, How to Talk to Human Beings, Little Red, Matt & Ben and Hamlet; as writer: Zagidiwin/Love, Lingua Franca, After the Ball is Over, Dragons of Decolonial Gas Stations, The Dance-Off of Conscious Uncoupling (shortlisted for a Tom Hendry Award, 2015), How to Talk to Human Beings and Little Red (Himan Brown Award Winner, 2014).

She was once a featured guest interview on Inside Amy Schumer so now she thinks she’s a comedian.

Frances was a participant in the Banff Indigenous Writers Program where she wrote a novel, and the NSI New Voices program where she made this film.

She loves wine, cheese and puppies, and hates cilantro and the heteropatriarchy.

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