Mi’kmaw filmmaker Jeff Barnaby, considered a visionary of modern Indigenous cinema, has died.

The director’s representatives say he died after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 46. 

Raised on the Listuguj Reserve in Quebec, Barnaby helmed many short films, including the Jutra Award-nominated The Colony and the Genie-nominated File Under Miscellaneous.

The writer-director who was based in Montreal gained acclaim for his 2013 debut feature Rhymes for Young Ghouls.

He followed that up with the 2019 zombie horror film Blood Quantum, which swept the Canadian Screen Awards.

Barnaby is survived by his wife, Sarah Del Seronde, and son, Miles.

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