The Lesser Blessed

Director Anita Doron
Year 2012
Run Time 86min
Genre Drama
Fort Simmer, Northwest Territories is a tough place for teenager Larry Sole (Joel Evans) to grow up in. Larry, both fragile and angry, is seeking a place to belong. His tenuous relationships with his friends, his family, and his Indigenous identity have left him feeling vulnerable, and the violence and drugs that surround him threaten to pull him down. 

Anita Doron explores questions of identity, ancestry and belonging in this sensitive and tender coming-of-age story that is brought to life by the powerful performance of Evans. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was nominated for four awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay at the Canadian Screen Awards. 

"An impressive debut by Evans, whose brown eyes are both soulful and watchful. It's a performance that commands our attention and empathy." - Bruce Demara, The Toronto Star


Anita Doron


Anita Doron


Joel Evans, Benjamin Bratt, Kiowa Gordon, Chloe Rose


Christina Provesan




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