According to Deadline, Samuel Goldwyn Film has successfully acquired the North American distribution rights to Danis Goulet’s directorial debut feature titled Night Raiders, which is executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi, who is currently in production at Australia for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder. The dystopian sci-fi thriller drama had its world premiere last March at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival.
“We are thrilled to partner with Samuel Goldwyn Films on the US release of NIGHT RAIDERS following its premiere in Berlin,” Goulet said in a statement. “The film is so relevant to all of North America, and we are so grateful to have this opportunity to bring it to US audiences with a company that has a proven commitment to original voices and unique perspectives.”
Set in 2043, Night Raiders explores a future in which a military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. In this world, where children are considered property of the regime which trains them to fight, a desperate Cree woman joins an underground band of vigilantes and infiltrates a State children’s academy so that she can get her daughter back.
The film is also being described as a female-driven sci-fi drama about resilience, courage, and love. It also serves as a parable about the experience of the Indigenous peoples of North America. It is being led by Elle-Maija Tailfeathers (Blood Quantum), Amanda Plumber (Pulp Fiction), Alex Tarrant (The Hunt), Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Burden of Truth), Gail Maurice (The Twilight Zone), and Violet Nelson (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open).
Night Raiders is written and directed by Danis Goulet. In addition to Taika Waititi, the film is also executive produced by Noah Segal, Tim White, Adrian Love, Kyle Irving, and Lisa Meeches. Producers are Tara Woodbury, Paul Barkin, Ainsley Gardiner, Georgina Condor, and Chelsea Winstanley.