Where the Spirit Lives Poster

Release Date: 1989

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
This period Canadian drama tracks the difficult life of Komi (Michelle St. John), a First Nations child who is abducted from her traditional home and forced to live at a boarding school where she is taught how to behave in "civilized" culture. Given the new name of Amelia, Komi endures strict and often violent treatment as she is made to learn English and behave in a typical Canadian fashion. Intent on maintaining her identity, however, Komi embarks on a bold escape.

Cast: Michelle St. John, Ann-Marie MacDonald, David Hemblen, Clayton Julian, Heather Hess, Ron White, Chapelle Jaffe, Patricia Collins

Director: Bruce Pittman

Genres: Drama

Keywords: 1930s, Escape, Emotional, Underdog, Melodramatic, Mother, School, Transformation