Myriam Verreault grew up in Loretteville, a Quebec City suburb. After completing her studies in journalism, history and cinema, she worked as a props person, director and editor in the television and film industry. In 2009, she made a name for herself by co-directing, scripting, producing, and editing West of Pluto, her critically-acclaimed debut feature film, which went on to be screened at some 50 festivals around the world. In 2011, she directed the web documentary My Tribe Is My Life – Shana, The Emo Kid for the National Film Board of Canada, where she was faced with the realities of a young resident of Mani-Utenam. In 2014, she edited Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins’ Québékoisie, a Jutra- nominated documentary that explores the relationship between Quebecers and Indigenous people. Myriam started her research and writing for Kuessipan in 2012 in collaboration with the writer of the book by the same name, Naomi Fontaine, and spent five hardworking years on it, during which she made multiple immersion trips to the Innu community before beginning to shoot. Myriam currently directs 5e rang, an ICI Radio-Canada television series.
Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other to stick together no matter what. But as they’re about to turn 17, their friendship is shaken when Mikuan falls for a white boy, and starts dreaming of leaving the reserve that’s now too small for her dreams. More