The story depicts the life of a First Nations survivor of the Canada's Indian residential school system who goes on to become a hockey star.
The main character Saul is played by three actors, who depict him at different ages: Sladen Peltier (at age 6), Forrest Goodluck (at age 15), and Ajuawak Kapashesit (at age 22).
The cast also includes local actors Evan Adams (Smoke Signals) and Martin Donovan (Ant-Man).
Author Wagamese, who was of Ojibwa descent from the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations in northern Ontario, died in 2017 at the age of 61 in Kamloops, B.C.
The film opens this Friday (April 13) and Vancouverites have an opportunity to learn more about the film this weekend.
The film's director, Stephen Campanelli, and Vancouver-based producers, Christine Haebler and Trish Dolman, will attend the 6:30 p.m. screenings on Friday and Saturday (April 13 and 14) at Vancouver's Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard Street) to participate in post-screening discussions about the film. The event is being held by the First Weekend Club, an organization dedicated to promoting Canadian films and boosting their box-office performances on opening weekends.
The film has another Vancouver connection as the screenplay was written by local screenwriter Dennis Foon (Terry; Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity).
Furthermore, in October, the film won the People's Choice Awards at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival.
In the video below, Kapashesit talks about how he got the role and the character he plays.