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Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 2:00 PM PDT


The Great Salish Heist is a local feature from the team behind previous VFF documentary favourites Tzouhalem and A Cedar Is Life that features many Canadian and international stars, such as Tricia Helfer, Graham Greene, David Lewis, Ashley Callingbull, and Darrell Dennis (doing double duty as director). The story starts with Steve Joe, a traditional archaeologist for the Moquahat people, who faces a personal and community crisis when sacred objects are removed from their burial sites. Convinced that his myriad misfortunes stem from this desecration, Steve rallies a diverse group from the Rez to reclaim the stolen artifacts from a heavily guarded museum. The team includes the troubled Stephanie, gruff single-mother Joanne, faux-British Andrew, and socially stunted Craig. To fund their heist, Steve reluctantly partners with a Russian gangster, Yuri, and his boss Vladimir. As the team plans their daring mission, Steve grapples with the dilemma of whether to give sacred objects to the gangsters. The stakes heighten as they gain unexpected allies and attempt to execute a cunning plan. The Great Salish Heist is a journey of redemption, cultural reclamation, and the lengths one man and his heist team will go to outwit their foes and restore sacred artifacts.


Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
2687 James Street
Duncan BC V9L 2X5

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