By being part of the cast of the series For you Flora and movie the inhuman, Samian sees his concerns for the promotion of Aboriginal identity and culture finally being addressed in a concrete way. Messages that were “heard, but not listened to” that the rapper claims to have been hammering for 15 years.
For you Flora, a series written and directed by Mohawk filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau, will be the first to deal with the horror of residential schools for Aboriginals.
We will follow the fate of two Anishinabés torn from their families by the Oblates in the 1960s. Samian plays the role of Jean-Charles, the son of a survivor of these residential schools.
A tough character – demonstrating the intergenerational collateral damage of these horrors – that was offered to the 38-year-old actor from Pikogan, a small Aboriginal community in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
“It’s great that we are back to series produced, directed, written and played by indigenous people, explains the one we also see at the moment in the thriller series One way ticket (with Luc Picard, Caroline Dhavernas and Éric Bruneau). In Quebec, this is a big step forward. There’s still a lot to say and it’s something very close to my heart. »
This series of six episodes, the filming of which has been completed, will be premiered on TOU.TV EXTRA, then on ICI TÉLÉ in the spring of 2022.
At the movie theater
With the same producer, Jason Brennan, Samian also landed his first leading role on the big screen. the inhuman is the first feature film from this director and producer who grew up in the community of Kitigan Zibi.
“It’s a big responsibility,” says Samian. I play a neurosurgeon who returns to his community to carry his father’s ashes. All of this is going to be inhabited by the legend of the Windigo, the spirit of an indigenous legend. »
The set of this psychological thriller currently touring festivals was entirely Indigenous.
“Projects like these are more than essential. It will be good to show that it exists and that it is possible for young Aboriginal authors, directors, actors who want to work to do so. »