The Lesser Blessed is a Canadian drama film, released in 2012.
Written and directed by Anita Doron based on the novel of the same name by Richard Van Camp, the film stars Joel Evans as Larry Sole, a young Tłı̨chǫ teenager living in the Northwest Territories. The film's cast also includes Chloe Rose, Kiowa Gordon, Benjamin Bratt, Dylan Cook and Tamara Podemski. Despite being set in the Northwest Territories, the film was shot in Sudbury, Ontario.
The film received a gala screening at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in 2012. Doron garnered a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards.
A teenager living in a small, remote community in Canada deals with life as a high school student. Larry's (Joel Nathan Evans) life is full of too many parties, too much drinking, and not enough responsibility or independence. The film explores several typical teen issues, such as alienation and the search for one's own identity, but in this case from the perspective of a Tlicho Indian who struggles between his Native ancestry and finding his place in to the modern world.