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When Mavis Dogblood, a Canadian Mohawk artist, loses her husband, Jessie Lightning, in a freak accident, she becomes a recluse. Out of nowhere, Jessie’s ex-wife and 13-year-old son appear in need of a place to live. Mavis reluctantly gives up her house, and moves into the trailer/studio where she finishes her series, 'Peacemaker’s Journey’, for an upcoming exhibit in NYC. As the deadline approaches, Mavis and her lover, Bug, decide to drive the paintings to Manhattan. Just as they are about to leave, Bug falls, injuring himself and Mavis decides to abandon the project. Bug insists they go and, in a spiral of poetic and visionary events, Mavis confronts all she has lost and gained, discovering that her soul and her heart have no boundaries.

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Shelley Niro

A member of the Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve, Shelley Niro works in photography, painting, sculpture and film. She frequently uses parody and appropriation in her works to challenge stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples and women, in particular. Often humorous, Niro’s work addresses the challenges faced in contemporary Native North American society. Her short film, Honey Moccasin, screened in festivals worldwide while her most recent short, The Shirt, was screened at the 2003 Biennale. Kissed by Lightning is her first feature film.

HD Cam

86 minutes


Aspect ratio


Original version in English


Annie Frazier Henry

Stephen Paniccia

Norman Denver

Shelley Niro

Director and Scriptwriter

Shelley Niro

Director of Photography

Kim Derko


Jeremy Munce


Phill Stall

Original music

Elizabeth Hill


Kateri Walker

Eric Schweig

Michael Greyeyes

Rachelle Whitewind

Monique Mojica

Jeff Seymore

Tasunk Pajuta McDonald


Kissed By Lightning Productions
118 Terrace Hill St.
Brantford, Ontario
N3R 1G3
(519) 752-1996

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